Area voting favors Democrats

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, captured more than 80 percent of the vote for his 5th Congressional District seat Tuesday.

Other Democrats rolled up impressive margins, but none in contested races matched Thompson’s 80.5 percent district-wide. While Thompson received more than 63,000 votes, his two opponents, James Hinton and Douglas Van Raam, both independents, split the balance, with Hinton, a retired professional poker player, edging out Van Raam, a stagehand, 11.1 percent to 8.4 percent. Thompson will therefore face Hinton in the November general election.

Democrat Jared Huffman ran up a 67.4 percent margin over Republican opponent Dale K. Mensing (23 percent) and Democrat Andy Caffrey (9.7 percent).

District-wide, Democrat Mike McGuire received 57.4 percent of the vote in the race for the 2nd District State Senate seat being vacated by Noreen Evans, who decided not to run for reelection. McGuire will face Republican Lawrence Wiesner in November. Wiesner picked up 27.1 percent of the vote, while Democrat Derek Knell got 11 percent and independent Harry Lehmann received 4.4 percent.

In a closely contested race for the 4th District Assembly seat, both Democrat Bill Dodd and Republican Charlie Schaupp received an identical 25.7 percent of the vote, and will face each other in the general election. Two Davis City Council members split the rest of the Democratic vote, with Dan Wolk taking 24.6 percent andJoe Krovoza getting 18.1 percent. Last place went to Dustin Call, a Davis Republican, who picked up 5.9 percent. District-wide, which includes parts of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, Schaupp finished one vote ahead of Dodd, 15,223 to 15,222. But Dodd is the early favorite in the heavily Democratic district, given that the three Democratic primary candidates took more than 68 percent of the total vote.

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