WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi tonight won the special primary election, becoming the Democratic nominee for the November 3rd runoff election.
Garamendi held nearly a nine point lead with almost all precincts reporting late Tuesday night.
“Tonight, I am honored to have received the support of the voters of the 10th Congressional District,” Garamendi said. “In Congress, I will work with President Obama to move America forward. Our country is in a recession, powerful interests are trying to derail comprehensive health care reform, and foreclosures continue to plague thousands of families in the 10th Congressional District. I promise to stand with the residents of the 10th Congressional District in the fight to make life better for all of us. I am prepared to lead from the first day to create jobs and face the challenges ahead.”
Candidate, Vote, Percentage
John Garamendi (D), 25,329, 26.15%
Mark DeSaulnier (D), 17,001, 17.55%
Joan Buchanan (D), 11,625, 12.00%
Anthony Woods (D), 8,217, 8.48%
Adriel Hampton (D), 350, 0.36%
David Harmer (R), 19,932, 20.58%
“I want to congratulate State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Anthony Woods, and Adriel Hampton for a hard fought campaign,” Garamendi added. “Each has brought unique insights and skills to this campaign, and I look forward to working with them to help solve the challenges facing the 10th Congressional District, California, and the nation at large. I also want to congratulate David Harmer for his victory in the Republican primary, and I look forward to two months of dialogue focused on the issues that matter to the people of the 10th Congressional District.”
In his election for Congress, Garamendi was endorsed by President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. He was also endorsed by the California Nurses Association, California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California Labor Federation, and Alameda, Napa-Solano, and Sacramento Central Labor Councils.
A general election will be held on November 3rd.
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September 2, 2009
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