Analyzing the Election Results in the California Desert

Photo: Chris ClarkeToday's story by KCET commentator Chris Clarke does a great job rounding up what happened, electorally speaking, in the desert. While mostly everything went as expected -- low voter turnout and lots of conservative wins -- he said there were some outcomes that were noteworthy, "including an unlikely Democratic win in one of the most conservative places in the state."

Of note:

    Congressional District 36 (Riverside County desert areas): Mary Bono Mack (Republican incumbent) vs. Raúl Ruiz (Democrat).
  • Congressional District 51(Imperial County): Juan Vargas (State Senator, Democrat) vs. Michael Crimmins (Republican).
  • Congressional District 8 (Mojave Desert to near Lake Tahoe): A very close race that could be between some combination of Paul Cook (Republican), Gregg Imus (Republican), and Jackie Conaway (Democrat).
  • Supervisorial District 3 (San Bernardino County): Neil Derry (Republican incumbent) vs. James Ramos (Democrat, San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians).

Read Clarke's full piece on KCET's SoCal Focus blog.

About the Author

Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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