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June 4, 2014 -- With six percent of precincts reporting, preliminary numbers are favorable to former state senator Sheila Kuehl in her bid for County Supervisor, garnering 22,024 votes – or 36% of the vote – at press deadline.

According to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office, Kuehl is ahead of former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver, who is currently in second place with 17,981 votes – or 29 percent of the vote – so far.  West Hollywood Councilmember John Duran is third with 9,489 votes, which amounts to 15% of the vote.

“We only have the absentee votes in, but I’m elated to have 35% so far,” Kuehl told the Lookout at her campaign party at the Victorian in Downtown Santa Monica.

Both Kuehl and Shriver are expected to face each other in a run-off election in the November General Election.

“I think its going to be a long night,” said Shriver at his campaign party at O’Brien’s Pub.  “I don’t know what to say.  Sheila is a tough opponent and it doesn’t surprise me that she’s doing so well.

A few blocks away from Shriver’s party, Democrat Ben Allen hosted his own Election Day Party, celebrating the preliminary numbers in his bid for State Senate for District 26 in which he holds the lead with 11,444 votes, or 22 percent.

“I’m feeling great so far,” Allen told the Lookout.  “It’s going to be a long way to go.”

With 10 percent of the precincts reporting, Allen is in the lead, with Democrat Sandra Fluke in second place with 9,700 votes – approximately 19 percent of the vote – and Independent Seth Stodder is in third place with 9,579 votes or 18 percent.

In the race to replace Henry Waxman in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 33rd Congressional District, Republican Elan Carr is in the lead with 23 percent of the vote – 8,804 votes – while Democrat Ted Lieu is in second place with 20 percent of the vote, which amounts to 7,575 ballots casts.  With 12 percent of precincts reporting Democrat Wendy Greuel is third with 6,676 votes cast.

In the Assembly race, Democratic Incumbent Richard Bloom is far ahead of his Republican opponent Bradley Torgan, winning 70 percent of the vote.

For the Assesor’s race, Jeffrey Prang is ahead by 17 percent, with John Morris in second with 15 percent.

In the Sheriff’s race, Jim McDonnell will face Paul Tanaka in the run-off election in November.

Both Propositions 41 and 42 are expected to pass, both clearing 60 percent of the vote.

In other races, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, with 55 percent of total votes so far, will likely face Republican Neel Kashkari, with 18 percent of total votes so far, in his reelection bid for Governor in November. 

Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, with 50 percent of the vote so far, will face Republican Ron Nehring, 23 percent, for his reelection bid for Lt. Governor.

Democrat Kamala Harris will face Republican Ron Gold for her reelection bid for Attorney General, while Democrat Alex Padilla will face Republican Pete Peterson for Secretary of State.

The Lookout will have an updated set of numbers as more votes are tallied.

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