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Placer election night results are in

By: Brody Fernandez, Lead Reporter for South Placer
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Voters chose Democratic challenger Jessica Morse to face off with longtime Congressman Tom McClintock (R) in Tuesday’s Statewide Direct Primary Election. 

California’s 4th Congressional district for the U.S. House of Representatives has given Morse a victory for now, as she faces incumbent McClintock in the November runoffs. 

Morse beat out Democratic challenger Regina Bateson, with Morse carrying nearly 20 percent of the district’s vote totaling 24,648 ballots cast for her. 

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude and honored,” Morse said in a statement to supporters Wednesday morning. “This campaign may have had my name on it but this victory is ours. Let’s celebrate this victory and then keep working to unseat McClintock this fall.”

Bateson received 15,646 votes. 

“The results are in, and of course, many of you will be feeling disappointed today,” Bateson said. “I have called Jessica Morse to congratulate her and to wish her the best of luck in November.” Bateson then publicly endorsed Morse for the November runoffs. 

“I encourage (my supporters) you to help Jessica with her campaign as she holds town halls, prepares to debate McClintock and builds relationships in our district,” Bateson said.

On Wednesday morning, Placer County’s semi-official election summary had 9,323 votes for Morse carrying 18 percent of the total reported vote in the county, while Bateson managed 7,658 votes with 15 percent of the vote. 

Meanwhile, among county races, incumbents Judge Todd Irby won the Placer County Superior District Court Office 2 seat and Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco won that race. 

In the Placer County Superior Court Office 2 race, Irby received 29,105 votes, carrying 59 percent of the total vote. Rebecca L. Chenoweth received 15,767 votes carrying 32 percent and Kulvinder Singh received 4,258 votes with a total of eight percent of the total vote.

The Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters race had Ronco winning with huge margins, capturing 37,746 votes or 75.68 percent of the total reported vote. 

Other races’ results 

The California Gubernatorial race has been contentious as initial front runners Gavin Newsom (D), Anthony Villaraigosa (D) and John Cox (R) battle it out for the November “Jungle” primary. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Governor Newsom had the lead with 1,336,870 votes capturing 33 percent of the total 61 percent reported votes. Businessman Cox claimed a solid second with 1,042,966 votes or 26 percent of the total vote. Former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa finished third with 537,275 votes. 

Election results might not be finalized for a few weeks, according to Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ronco. Counting votes collected from the polling places and the vote-by-mail ballots can take 30 days by state law and includes conducting state-mandated audits, verifying that every signature on every ballot cast matches the voters’ signatures on record, and roster reconciliation.

Mail in ballots accounted for 25 percent of the total 224,335 registered voters in Placer County, according to the Placer Office of Elections.