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Final primary vote count in as Placer County girds for more election battles Nov. 2

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The drive toward the Nov. 2 general election has already started in Placer County. With the final vote count from the June 8 primary made official this past week, county elections chief Jim McCauley and the elections division are now concentrating on November’s polling date. The general election will provide voters with not only a chance to elect a new governor but be a factor in several regional and local races as well. The candidate-filing period starts July 12 and runs through Aug. 6. The elections division is holding candidate workshops through July 23 to give prospective elected officials a perspective on what to expect on the campaign trail. Ryan Ronco, assistant registrar of voters, said that there were no changes in winners and losers between the June 8 unofficial election count to the final count. The initial count didn’t include several thousand vote-by-mail ballots turned in on Election Day at the polls. The final voter turnout of 46.3 percent was just higher than McCauley’s pre-election forecast of 45 to 46 percent. Turnout will hopefully be higher in November, Ronco said. Despite what is believed to be the lowest turnout in county history, the percentage was about 10 percentage points above the state average. The official Placer County election summary in the June 8 primary showed: n State Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, polled well in the county in a losing effort for the GOP lieutenant-governor nomination, with 33.56 percent of the vote to winner Abel Maldonado’s 45.35 percent. Statewide, Aanestad polled 31.4 percent, second to Maldonado’s 43.4 percent. n U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Roseville, finished with 75.84 percent of the Placer GOP primary vote to challenger Michael Babich’s 23.91 percent. On the Democratic Party side, Clint Curtis will challenge McClintock in November. n Republicans Rick Keene and Doug La Malfa waged a close race in the county for the GOP nomination in the 4th District state Senate seat Aanestad is being termed out of. Keene garnered 41.78 percent of the vote to La Malfa’s 47.92 percent. Lathe Gill will be the Democratic Party nominee in November while La Malfa, with 57.8 percent of the GOP vote districtwide, will go through as the Republican candidate. n Incumbent 4th District Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, was a clear local favorite in the primary, gaining 85.47 percent of the GOP vote to challenger Joseph Kammerer’s 14.22 percent. Gaines will take on Democrat candidate Dennis Campanale, who was the lone candidate in his party’s primary. n The final tally shows Roseville attorney Jack Duran won the Board of Supervisors 1st District seat with 57.55 percent of the vote to incumbent Rocky Rockholm’s 42.20 percent. He’ll take office in January. n Incumbent Auditor-Controller Kathy Martinis fended off a challenge from Roseville’s Casey Tanner. She captured 61.61 percent of the vote to Tanner’s 38.06 percent. As well as state offices to keep track of, voters in Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Roseville will have city council elections to vote on. School and special districts also have posts open. In addition, the Auburn Union School District, Roseville, Lincoln and Loomis have placed measures on the ballot.