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Early election results show at least two runoffs

June 7, 2012

Preliminary results from the tally taken Tuesday night in Independence (above) has the top two vote-getters of Inyo County’s supervisorial races as Jeff Griffiths and Susan Cash, District 2; Matt Kingsley and Jim Gentry, District 5; and Marty Fortney and Mark Tillemans, District 4. Lynn Cooper appears to have resoundingly beat her opponent for Board of Education Trustee Area 2. About 1,300 ballots still need to be verified and counted. Top photo by Mike Gervais

Preliminary results from Tuesday’s Primary election show close races for County Supervisor seats in Southern Inyo – and possible runoff elections – and, in Bishop, a victory for challenger Jeff Griffiths over incumbent Susan Cash.
As of midnight on Wednesday, 1,300 provisional and absentee ballots still had be counted, so a runoff between Griffiths and Cash is not out of the question, depending on the contents of those outstanding votes.
Inyo County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote said all the county’s outstanding ballots should be tallied, and official election results should be available, by Friday morning.
In the Fifth District, preliminary numbers suggest a runoff between challengers Matt Kingsley and Jim Gentry is in order, with Kingsley receiving 304 (46.77 percent) of the votes and Gentry taking 212 (32.62 percent) of the tallied votes. Incumbent Richard Cervantes received 134 votes, accounting for 20.62 percent of the votes tallied Tuesday night.
In the Fourth District, incumbent Marty Fortney is in the lead with 330 (40.44 percent) votes that have been tallied so far, followed by Mark Tillemans, who received 266 (32.60 percent) of the votes. Challenger Nina Weisman received 190 votes (23.28 percent) with Christopher Dangwillo receiving 29 votes (3.55 percent).
In the Second District, Griffiths did garner the needed 50 percent plus one required to avoid a runoff, but the numbers are close enough that the results of the outstanding ballots could force a second go-round in November.
Griffiths received 312 votes, 51.57 percent of the turn-out. Cash is in second place, with 211 votes, 34.88 percent of the total. The third challenger, Russ Aldridge, received 80 votes, 13.22 percent of the total turn-out.
The race for the Inyo County Board of Trustees, District 2 seems to be cut-and-dried, with incumbent Lynn Cooper receiving 349 votes, 60.07 percent of the total, and challenger Kenny Lloyd earning 229 votes, for 39.41 percent of the tallied votes.
In the Eighth Congressional District, Democrat Jackie Conaway is currently in the lead for Inyo County’s vote, with 856, or 24.33 percent of the ballots being cast in her favor. She is followed closely by Republican Gregg Imus, who received 763, or 21.68 percent of the votes.
Districtwide, Conaway came away from the primary in third place, with 14.7 percent of the vote. Republican Paul Cook is in the lead with 15.5 percent of the vote, followed closely by fellow party member Imus, who received a solid 15 percent of the vote.
Under the rules of Prop 14, known as the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, voters were allowed to choose any candidate to their liking, regardless of party affiliation. The top two vote-getters from this and other state and national races (with the exception of U.S. President) advance to the General Election.
Therefore, Cook and Imus will face off for the Congressional seat in November.
In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Dianne Feinstein is a clear front-runner. In Inyo County, she has so far received 1,177 votes, followed by Republican Dan Hughes, who received 255 votes.
Statewide, Feinstein appears to be a shoe-in, leading the race with 49.3 percent of the vote, with Republican Elizabeth Emken coming in as runner-up with 12.5 percent of the vote.
Locally, citizens voted for Prop 28, term limit amendments, with 60.88 percent casting their ballot in favor of the change.
On the other hand, local voters shot down Prop 29, the $1 tobacco tax, with 63.04 percent rejecting the proposal.
Statewide, there was resounding support for Prop 28, but the tobacco tax proposition is nearly a tie, with 49.2 percent voting in favor and 50.8 percent of voters casting their ballot against it.
For further election coverage, including final numbers and candidate responses to the results, see Saturday’s edition of The Inyo Register.

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