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Pete Stark pulls just 42% of the vote; trouble in the fall?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Put veteran Fremont congressman and liberal stalwart Pete Stark at the top of the heap of Democrats-vs-Democrats in the November election. Under new primary rules approved in 2010 if there’s no clear majority the top two finishers, regardless of party, square off in the general election. The unofficial vote count from yesterday shows Stark won just 42 percent of the vote, with his November challenger and fellow Democrat, Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell a not-very-distant 35 percent. Maybe a bigger surprise: the relative strength of Tea Party sympathizer Chris Pareja, with 21 percent of the vote.

Add: Steven Tavares at East Bay Citizen notes Pareja’s showing and suggests that if enough conservatives hold their noses and vote for the moderate Swalwell in the fall, Stark could be in trouble. He calls an end to Stark’s 20-term congressional reign “now an even-money bet.”
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