Some Big Surprises In Inland Empire Election Results

Jun 6, 2018

San Bernardino County's ballot for the June 5th, 2018 primary.
Credit Ken Vincent / KVCR

Election results for the June 5th primary are in, and KVCR has the results. KVCR's Benjamin Purper gives an overview of how the Inland Empire's major races played out.

UPDATE: Here are a couple of updates and corrections to the following report:

-In the Riverside County Supervisor District 2 race, as of Thursday morning, June 7, Eric Linder has 6748 votes, Karen Spiegel has 6315 votes, and Penny Newman has 6139 votes, meaning that Linder and Spiegel will face off in November, unless Newman can surpass Spiegel in subsequent vote count updates.  As of Thursday morning, there were approximately 123,000 ballots countywide still to be counted.  The next updated results will be posted at 6:00pm Friday, June 8.

-Riverside County Supervisor Manny Perez garnered more than 50% of the vote in his primary race against Palm Desert City Councilmember Jan Harnik, and therefore will not have to face her again in November; Perez has won the race.

[CLICK HERE FOR OUR MONDAY, JUNE 11 UPDATE]

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s race has ended with incumbent DA Mike Ramos ousted by newcomer Jason Anderson, 53 to 47 percent.

In Riverside County, District Attorney Mike Hestrin easily kept his seat against challenger Lara Gressley by nearly 2 to 1.

Also in law enforcement, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff - as of the latest results Wednesday morning - was being outpolled by his challenger, Deputy Chad Bianco. Sniff now likely faces an uphill battle to beat Bianco in November’s general election.

In the city of San Bernardino, City Councilman John Valdivia has outpolled incumbent Mayor Carey Davis. The two will face off in the fall.

In Congressional races, most Inland Empire members of Congress easily fended off challengers except for Democrat Pete Aguilar. Republican challenger Mike Flynn slightly outpolled Aguilar in what will be a closely-watched race in November.

Incumbent San Bernardino Supervisors fended off challenges. Janice Rutherford withstood a challenge from Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, and Curt Hagman bested former member of Congress Gloria Negrete McLeod.

In Riverside County there are three Supervisor seats to watch. In District 2, being vacated by Supervisor John Tavaglione, there’ll be a race between former GOP assemblyman Eric Linder and environmental activist Penny Newman. [UPDATE: as of Thursday morning, June 7, Eric Linder has 6748 votes, Karen Spiegel has 6315 votes, and Penny Newman has 6139 votes, meaning that Linder and Spiegel will face off in November, unless Newman can surpass Spiegel in subsequent vote count updates.  As of Thursday morning, there were approximately 123,000 ballots countywide still to be counted.  The next updated results will be posted at 6:00pm Friday, June 8.]

In Riverside’s District 5, former GOP Assemblyman Russ Bogh will face off against Calimesa Mayor Jeff Hewitt in the fall.

In District 4, incumbent Supervisor Manny Perez held his own against several challengers, including Palm Desert City Councilmember Jan Harnik. Perez will face Harnik in November. [CORRECTION: Manny Perez garnered more than 50% of the vote in his primary race against Jan Harnik, and therefore will not have to face her again in November; Perez has won the race.]