PALMDALE — Updated election results were released early Wednesday, though about 350 precincts remained to be counted statewide and several thousand elsewhere in the nation. In most Antelope Valley races, the numbers released early Wednesday were final but unofficial, with provisional ballots remaining to be counted.
President: President Barack Obama, a Democrat, defeated Republican Mitt Romney. Obama 59,720,798 (50%), 332 projected electoral college votes; Romney 57,095,065 (48%), 206 projected electoral college votes.
Congress, 25th District: Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, a Santa Clarita Republican who has served since 1993, defeated Democrat Lee Rogers, a Simi Valley podiatrist. The 25th District includes Palmdale, the Santa Clarita Valley, Simi Valley and part of Lancaster. McKeon 98,090 (55.2%); Rogers 79,597 (44.8%).
Congress, 23rd District: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Bakersfield Republican who has served since 2007, defeated independent Terry Phillips. The newly redrawn 23rd District includes much of Kern County plus parts of Lancaster and Quartz Hill. McCarthy 122,325 (73.8%); Phillips 43,386 (26.2%).
U.S. Senate: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat and former San Francisco mayor who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, defeated Republican Elizabeth Emken, a businesswoman from Danville. Feinstein 5,595,032 (61.5%); Emken 3,507,549 (38.5%).
State Senate, 21st District: Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, defeated Democrat Star Moffatt, a legal office manager, for the senate seat held by retiring Sen. Sharon Runner. Knight 116,257 (58.5%); Moffatt 82,642 (41.5%).
Assembly, 36th District: Lancaster Vice Mayor Ron Smith, a Republican, defeated Democrat Steve Fox, a former Antelope Valley College and Antelope Valley Hospital board member, to replace Knight as he seeks a state Senate seat. Smith 50,042 (51.0%); Fox 48,090 (49.0%).
Assembly, 38th District: Santa Clarita Republican Scott Wilk, a former aide to McKeon, defeated Edward Headington, a Granada Hills Democrat, to replace termed-out Assemblyman Cameron Smyth. The district includes Agua Dulce. Wilk 76,029 (56.9%); Headington 57,558 (43.1%).
Los Angeles County district attorney: Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey defeated Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson in a runoff to replace retiring District Attorney Steve Cooley. Lacey 1,113,455 (54.99%); Jackson 911,345 (45.01%).
Antelope Valley Healthcare District board: Incumbents Dr. Abdallah Farrukh and Berna Mayer were-re-elected and Dr. Doddanna Krishna unseated incumbent Dr. John Manning. Farrukh 40,040 (24.66%); Mayer 37,877 (23.33%); Krishna 33,630 (20.71%); Manning 31,028 (19.11%); Michael Rives 10,025 (6.17%); Cedric Jackson 9,774 (6.02%).
Measure L: Lancaster School District voters approved a $63 million bond that would refinance old debt and finance renovation work that includes replace playgrounds and roofs, upgrading computer technology, and building a gymnasium and athletic fields at Endeavour Middle School. The new tax would be about $38 a year for the average homeowner, school officials say. The measure needed 55% of the vote to pass. Yes 15,441 (68.8); No 7,002 (31.20%).
Measure DD: Palmdale School District voters approved a $220 million bond that would finance renovation work including repairing leaking roofs and rusting plumbing; update science labs, computers and instructional technology; and construct one or two new schools. The tax would be $30 per $100,000 of assessed value for property owners, which means $45 for a $150,000 home. The measure needed 55% of the vote to pass. Yes 16,197 (72.76%); No 6,065 (27.24%).
Measure WR: Voters in west Palmdale, west Lancaster, Leona Valley, Quartz Hill, Antelope Acres and other westside communities in Westside Union School District reauthorized $18.5 million in bonds previously approved in 2008. The tax would be $30 to $34 a year for the owner of a typical home, district officials said. The bond would refinance old debt and complete the projects for which the 2008 bond issue was intended, including replacing old heating/air conditioning systems, repairing classrooms and improving computers for students. The measure needed 55% of the vote to pass. Yes 11,916 (61.36%); No 7,503 (38.64%).
Measure WP: Westside’s proposed parcel tax failed to pass. It would have imposed a tax of $96 for every house or other piece of real estate, beginning in 2013-14. The measure needed two-thirds of the vote to pass. Yes 10,376 (53.61%); No 8,978 (46.39%).
Measure N: Mojave Unified School District’s parcel tax failed to pass. It would have been $42 annually for five years on every house or other piece of real estate. Like the Westside parcel tax, the Mojave measure required support from two-thirds of voters. Yes 18,83 (50.4%); No 1,853 (49.6%).
Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency, District 7: Former board member Neal Weisenberger defeated publisher John Joyce to replace Dave Rizzo, who didn’t seek re-election. Weisenberger 4,402 (51.05%); 4,221 (48.95%).
California City mayor: Mayor Pat Bohannon won re-election over six challengers: Gualberto “Wally” Melendez, Lou Peralta, Councilman Ed Fuller, Kim Collins and David Evans. Bohannon 938 (31.4%); Peralta 754 (25.24%); Evans 596 (19.95%); Fuller 306 (10.24%); Collins 256 (8.57%); Melendez 122 (4.08%).
California City Council: Challenger Jennifer Wood and incumbent Bill Smith, running on a slate with Bohannon, defeated incumbent Nick Lessenevitch and challenger James Gray. Wood 1,774 (35.08%); Smith 1,333 (26.36%); Lessenevitch 969 (19.16%)l Gray 955 (18.88%).
Mojave Unified School District board: Former California City Mayor Larry Adams and incumbent Sherry Ott were elected while incumbent Wayne Dickerson was unseated. Adams 2,221 (37.43%); Ott 1,321 (22.26%); George Hodgkinson 1,299 (21.89%); Dickerson 1,063 (17.91%).
Southern Kern Unified School District board: Challenger Patrick Reader and incumbent Scott Starkey won, unseating incumbent Muriel Ott and defeating challengers Robert Vinclette Jr., James Johnson and Jason Finch. Reader 1,848 (25.53%); Starkey 1,756 (24.26%); Johnson 1,066 (14.73%); Ott 982 (13.57%); Vincelette 925 (12.78%); Finch 637 (8.80%).
East Kern Airport District board: Allen L. Peterson, president and CEO of the National Test Pilot School, ran with incumbents Dick Rutan and Jim Balentine for three seats. Incumbent Cathy Hansen was also on the ballot, but she announced last month she is resigning her board seat. Rutan 2,225 (27.29%); Peterson 2,093 (25.67%); Hansen 2,065 (25.33%); Balentine 1,747 (21.43%).
Rosamond Community Services District: Incumbent Byron Glennan and challenger Alfred E. Wallis won, defeating appointed incumbent Charlene Melchers and her husband, Gene Melchers,and challneger Morrison “Ed” MacKay. Glennan 1,303 (22.52%); Wallis 1,205 (20.83%); MacKay 1,144 (19.78%); Charlene Melchers (1,118 (19.33%); Gene Melchers 992 (17.15%.
North Edwards Water District board: Challenger James Lawler and incumbent Philip Morosky defeated incumbent Mary Theresa Kinnaman and challenger James Tanferno. Lawler 98 (37.4%); Morosky 64 (24.43%); Kinnaman 50 (19.08%); Tanferno 48 (18.32%).
Measure A: In an advisory vote only, Los Angeles County voters said they think the county assessor should continue to be elected rather than appointed by county supervisors. County Assessor John Noguez, elected in 2010, is now in jail facing corruption charges. Yes 1,537,693 (77.75%); No 440,092 (22.25%).
Measure B: Los Angeles County voters passed an ordinance requiring producers of adult films in unincorporated communities to obtain county public health permits ensuring performers would use condoms and take other steps to inhibit the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Yes 1,171,287 (55.85%); No 925,782 (44.15%).
Measure J: Intended to speed up construction of transit projects that include Los Angeles-area subway work, Measure J failed to pass. It would have extended a half-cent sales tax approved in Los Angeles County in 2008 for another 30 years to 2069. It needed two-thirds of the vote. Yes 1,367,357 (64.72%); No 745,310 (35.28%).
Proposition 30: Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax proposal passed to increase the state sales tax by one-fourth cent for four years. It would also raise income taxes on individuals making more than $250,000 a year and couples making more than $500,000 a year for seven years. Yes 4,959,206 (53.9%); No 4,241,246 (46.1%).
Prop. 31: Voters rejected requiring California lawmakers to plan and approve a budget every two years instead of every year. They would be forced to find a way to pay for any new law costing more than $25 million per year through either spending or tax cuts. Yes 3,369,175 (39.2%); No 5,220,193(60.8%).
Prop. 32: Voters rejected a prohibition against any corporation, labor union, government contractor or government employer using payroll deductions for political purposes. Its main effect would have been on labor unions. Yes 3,973,720 (43.9%); No 5,086,590 (56.1%).
Prop. 33: Voters rejected allowing insurance companies to include a driver’s history of insurance coverage as a factor in setting prices. Companies would be allowed to give discounts to new customers who had a history of continuous coverage with their former insurers. Yes 4,046,275 (45.4%); No 4,872,423 (54.6%).
Prop. 34: Voters chose to keep the death penalty in California. Yes 4,269,535 (47.2%); No 4,776,815(52.8%).
Prop. 35: Voters expanded the definition of human trafficking to include crimes related to distributing obscene materials depicting a child. Yes 7,309,737 (81.1%); No 1,698,939 (18.9%).
Prop. 36: Voters modified the state's Three Striks law to reduce the sentence for third nonviolent, nonserious felony convictions.Yes 6,181,771 (68.6%); No 2,826,624 (31.4%).
Prop. 37: Voters rejected requiring food sold in California stores to have labels indicating if it was made from genetically engineered plants or animals. Yes 4,277,985 (46.9%); No 4,835,045 (53.1%).
Prop. 38: Voters rejected the tax measure competing with the governor’s Prop. 30. Prop. 38 would have increased personal income tax rates on all but the lowest bracket. They would have gone up between 0.4% and 2.2%, depending on your income. Yes 2,489,028 (27.7%); No 6,495,745 (72.3%).
Prop. 39: Voters agreed to require multi-state businesses to pay state income taxes based on their percentage of total sales in California. Yes 5,295,968 (60.1%); No 3,522,579 (39.9%).
Prop. 40: Voters approved the current state Senate district maps created and certified in 2011. Yes 6,068,518 (71.4%) No 2,427,514 (28.6%).