Anderson locks up Supervisor victory

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In one of the tightest — and most exciting — races for a San Diego County Board of Supervisors seat in history, former State Senator Joel Anderson has edged out Poway Mayor Steve Vaus by 282 votes in District 2, a mere one-tenth of one percent of the nearly 290,000 ballots cast in the contest. It’s been a long four …

Updates on two close San Diego races: Supe and Santee

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A couple of updates on two East County races, the closest in the region: County Supervisor Only 716 provisional ballots were processed countywide the last five days. 105 of them, or 14.66 percent, were marked in the District 2 Supervisor race. Joel Anderson got 52, Steve Vaus got 53. Anderson still leads by 283 votes. 7,000 countywide ballots are left …

Anderson continues to increase slight lead over Vaus

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Over the weekend and into Monday, former State Senator Joel Anderson increased his lead over Poway Mayor Steve Vaus from 156 to 259 votes, as ballot counting continues in the District 2 Board of Supervisor’s race to succeed Dianne Jacob. Nearly 290,000 votes have been counted in the contest, with Anderson slightly ahead, 50.04 to Vaus’s 49.96 percent. With the …

The closest races in San Diego County

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Just a snapshot of some of the closest contests in the region, as the Registrar of Voter’s office continues the count, now slogging through the last 15,000 county-wide ballots, many of them provisionals that take more work to confirm: Only nine votes separate Nancy Orr and Rhea Stewart in the Cardiff schools race. But it’s the top two vote getters …

Anderson still leading Vaus in County Supe race

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The nailbiter continues in the contest to succeed Dianne Jacob. Receiving over 54 percent of today’s added count in the District 2 County Supervisor’s race, Joel Anderson increased his lead over Steve Vaus to 135 votes, still just a fraction of the nearly 290,000 ballots cast. Only 584 votes were added in the race, out of about 5,000 ballots counted region-wide. …

Anderson now up by 85 votes in County Supervisor race

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Joel Anderson now leads Steve Vaus by 85 votes in the District 2 San Diego County Supervisor’s race, following today’s 5 p.m. Registrar of Voters’ update. Yesterday, Anderson led for the first time, but only by a mere seven votes out of about 287,000 ballots counted. Today’s ballots added 1,064 votes to the mix, with Anderson getting 53.66 percent of …

Santee: The math in one close city council contest

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I realize the below doesn’t take into account registration, turnout, downrace dropoff, or other differences countywide or in Santee itself, but it’s one measurement to assess these things: Santee is about .017 the population of San Diego County. There are 135,000 ballots left to tally, countywide. Proportionally, based on a population calculation alone, that’s 2,295 ballots in Santee. One quarter …

Buzzkill: The future of the Republican Party in San Diego

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Some post-election thoughts for 2020 One measure of a political party’s clout in the San Diego region comes down to the makeup of the most significant offices and delegations. Here are the Big Four: City of San Diego Mayor and City Council County Board of Supervisors State Legislative Delegations (Senate and Assembly) Congressional Delegation Sure, some may argue that the …

Campaign 101: Two days out

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At 35 days out I wrote, “Get off Facebook and go do something that will actually help get you elected.” It’s now two days out: Stop moaning about your signs getting torn down and go do something that will actually help get you elected. That is all.

The irony of a political gathering during COVID

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For several office seekers and voters in East County, last Thursday night’s Politics in Paradise may have been the first and ultimately even the only in-person candidate event they’ll attend this election season. Over 20 candidates and several more attendees were able to enjoy the election year soirée (well, ok, not quite that elegant) at Rancho San Diego’s Water Conservation …

Trump not taking Hydroxychloroquine?

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Following President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, it’s being reported he is being treated with Remdesivir and an antibody cocktail produced by Regeneron. Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, said that in addition to the antibodies, “the president has been taking zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin.” Not Hydroxychloroquine. Despite early claims that Hydroxychloroquine would somehow be the …

Campaign 101: Forty-five days out

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So you’re a candidate running for local office. You have no campaign website. You don’t even have a campaign Facebook page. Okay fine, your personal Facebook page mentions your election efforts, but you list no contact information, nor do you check your messages sent through it. A search of your name and the office you seek comes up with nothing …

Beware the Facebook fight against you!

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It was comical yesterday, watching those on both sides of the political spectrum alleging Facebook was actively taking down their posts for “violating community standards.” Many Facebook users were at least implying the warning messages they received as proof of Facebook’s bias against their particular philosophy. Indeed, it does appear thousands of posts were incorrectly tagged by Facebook as inappropriate. …

If Sara Jacobs isn’t promoting Chris Stoddard, what’s this?

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At least this has the disclaimer on it. In case you missed the flap of the last few days in the 53rd Congressional District, the Georgette Gomez campaign filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against her Democrat opponent, Sara Jacobs, alleging that Jacobs or her supporters are promoting the campaign of another rival, Republican Chris Stoddard, without the proper disclosure …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom for nearly 15 years… And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto …

Voice Politics Report: What Davis Hath Wrought

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Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis at Voice of SD do superb work assessing the potential candidate field in the wake of Congresswoman Susan Davis’ announcement that she’s done. Everyone from power names like Toni Atkins and Lorena Gonzalez (both say no) to ambitious lesser knowns such as Colin Parent and Akilah Weber, both Dem councilmembers from La Mesa. It’s worth …

Reactions to DeMaio jumping in Congressional race

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The Republican field may be growing in the 50th Congressional District, but Carl DeMaio’s announcement yesterday that he would enter the Duncan Hunter fray resulted in somewhat of a larger splash, especially after he teased the decision a few days in advance on social media and his radio show. Here’s some of the local reaction… John Dadian, Political Analyst: “Carl …

Breaking: Former Escondido Mayor Sam Abed files to run for Congress in Hunter seat

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Sam Abed, the former Mayor of  Escondido, yesterday filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for the 50th Congressional District, currently held by Duncan Hunter. SD Rostra reached out to Abed for a statement. He responded later in the day (this post was updated). “I am busy talking with grass-roots, civic and community leaders and my supporters, …