Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina emerged as the winners in the California gubernatorial and Senate Republican primaries.
"The results gave women the Republican nominations for the two most powerful statewide political offices for the first time. Democrats on Tuesday confirmed the obvious, selecting Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown as their nominee to the governor's office he first held in 1975, and Barbara Boxer to seek her fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Both had only nominal competition. Whitman was decisively ahead of state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner from the first returns. Poizner had spent $24 million of his own money on the race, but the former EBay chief buried his donation with at least $71 million of her own, a California record. The results set a November match-up between Brown, 72, a career politician who has been secretary of state, governor and Oakland mayor before his current post, and Whitman, 53, who volunteered in the 2008 presidential campaign but whose previous political involvement before that was so tentative that she rarely voted."
Brown was a vocal foe of Proposition 8, refusing to defend the initiative in court and declared it violated the state and federal Constitution. Whitman supported Prop 8 and still doesn't believe gays are equal under the law.
Karen Ocamb at LGBT POV wraps the LGBT and LGBT-friendly candidates that triumphed in local races, including the election of the second openly gay Latino to the California Assembly.
"As of midnight, with more than half of the precincts reporting, Victoria Kolakowski, a transgender administrative law judge and attorney for over 20 years is leading in her race for Alameda County Superior Court Judge with 46.11% of the vote, compared to her nearest competitor with 31.52% of the vote...In Southern California, openly gay Ricardo Lara, a founding member of HONOR PAC, appears to have won his race in the 50th Assembly District in the East LA area. He becomes the second openly gay Latino in the state Legislature in California history...And in what openly gay Assembly Speaker John A. Perez described as a “huge win,” pro-gay Democrat Matt Gatto beat National Organization for Marriage favorite Sunder Ramani who 'used H8 card with the Armenian community,' which backfired."
California's 50th Assembly District is in Los Angeles County and includes Bell Gardens, Commerce, Lynwood and South Gate. Lara joins Speaker John A. Pérez as the legislature's second openly gay Latino.
The Victory Fund has complete results on openly gay candidates across the nation.
Outgoing California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass won the Democratic primary for California's 33rd congressional seat in Los Angeles, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Bass, termed out of the Assembly and running to succeed Rep. Diane Watson (D- Los Angeles) in one of only two open congressional seats in California this year, trounced political newcomer Felton Newell, a deputy Los Angeles city attorney, and two other Democrats." Bass has supported LGBT rights and marriage equality and was quite critical at the racial hostility directed at the black community by some gay activists after the passage of Proposition 8.
And in Arkansas, conservative Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln survived a run-off from progressive candidate Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. "Lincoln used a down-home pitch and the clout of the Democratic establishment to turn back Halter, the unions and an anti-incumbent tide that had already claimed two Senate colleagues. She defined herself as a sensible moderate in a polarized capital and leaned heavily on endorsements from President Obama and Bill Clinton."
Lincoln has opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and much of the President's health care reform. The new SEIU president, out lesbian labor activist Mary Kay Henry, warned her union would withhold ALL support (cash and volunteers) from Lincoln if she wins the primary.