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  Voters Speak
Dave Druker | 10th Street


With most of the votes counted by November 17, the results have not significantly changed for those races that directly affect Del Mar.

Terry Sinnott and Lee Haydu won seats on the Del Mar City Council. Of course this was expected because Jim Tucker had dropped out. What is interesting is that Jim Tucker received almost the same number of votes that Michael Winn received in the 2006 election.

Crystal Crawford made a gallant attempt to unseat an incumbent in the 74th Assembly District. The odds were especially difficult given the lopsided registration advantage of Republicans versus Democrats. Unfortunately, Crystal did not break the 40% barrier nor did she do as well as other candidates in the past. This is probably due the low turnout generally of Democrats in this mid-term election.
Francine Busby also again lost to Brian Bilbray. Even with anti-incumbent fever she received less percentage of the votes in 2010 (38.95%) than in 2006 (43.46%).
In the Del Mar School Board election, the power of slates was evident as Wooden, Rafner and Gibson easily won. Steve McDowell came in a distant fourth.
Further up the coast, the Mayor of Encinitas – Dan Dalager - was not reelected while Teresa Barth was along with newcomer Kristin Gaspar. Dalager was accused of some ethical lapses – receiving expensive gifts and not reporting a loan from members of the public with business in front of the City Council.

Finally, former Del Mar City Councilmember – Scott Barnet was elected to the San Diego School District Board.

One of the more interesting aspects of the election was how San Diego County voted versus the rest of the state for statewide offices. For Governor – Jerry Brown won the state by a percentage of 53.6% versus Megan Whitman of 41.3%. In San Diego County Jerry Brown received 44% of the vote versus Megan Whitman’s 49.94%. For Senator – Barbara Boxer won the state by a percentage of 52.1% versus Carly Fiorina of 42.5%. In San Diego County Barbara Boxer received 43.41% versus Carly Fiorina’s 50.79%. This is also different from the 2008 election when Obama won the county by a margin of 53.95% to 43.79% over John McCain.

Another interesting aspect of the statewide results was how different the final results for the Governship and Senate race were from the final polls. According to Nate Silver of the New York Times this was probably due to the under-surveying of Latinos. Up to 40% of Latinos who speak Spanish refuse to answer survey questions unless they are surveyed in Spanish.

In the February issue I will analyze the voting patterns of Del Mar versus the rest of the county.


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