The lineup didn't change overnight, but some of the November general election races came into sharper focus.
Sheila Kuehl (36.1%) finished comfortably ahead of Bobby Shriver (28.8%) in the race for the Board of Supervisors seat held by Zev Yaroslavsky. I guess the surprise LA Times endorsement of John Duran (16.3%) wasn't anything like a game changer. Duran's endorsement, though, could be helpful in the runoff. Expect this now to be come a big money race as county interests jump in. Photo of Kuehl: Sharon McNary/KPCC
Republican deputy DA Elan Carr (21.9%) finished first as you would have expected on the long ballot in the 33rd congressional district. The Democrats split up the rest if the vote, and in the end state Sen. Ted Lieu (19.1%) — with the endorsement of the party and of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti — came out on top. It's the second big election loss in two years for Wendy Greuel (16.8%), the former city controller, and I would be surprised if she runs again anywhere. For all the ink and electrons she received for free, Marianne Williamson (12.9%) was not really a contender. Matt Miller ends up with 12.0 percent.
Jim McDonnell, the former LAPD official who is police chief in Long Beach, came very, very close to settling the race for sheriff, with 49.2 percent of the vote. But not close enough. There now will be a runoff with former sheriff's department problem Paul Tanaka that has the potential to get so ugly we ask: why do they elect this office anyway?
In the statewide races, ex-Speaker John Perez (21.7%) looks like he did squeak into the general election pairing for controller with Republican Ashley Swearingen (24.4%). And yes, Leland Yee did get 287,590 votes for secretary of state, more than Dan Schnur got.