Close 2nd Place Finishes

Under the Top Two Primary, it’s the battle between 2nd and 3rd place that is usually the most closely-watched. Here are the 11 races where 2nd and 3rd place are separated by fewer than 1000 votes. Close 2nd Place Finishes (as of 6/10/16 at 7:22 AM) CD-53    Veltmeyer trails Ash by 126 votes. CD-32    Hernández […]

Those we lost in 2015

In 2015, we said good-bye to a number of notable elected officials, including Don Edwards, whose work preserving the San Francisco Bay coast is easily visible today and Dick Mountjoy, a central figure in the Assembly speakership battle of 1995. 2015 also saw the demise of the Americans Elect political party, which lived for four years and only had […]

Detangling Confusing Names

One of the most wicked mistakes you can make while doing research is confusing two people with similar names. Some people with similar names are easy to differentiate; for example the two Edmund G. Browns. Although they had similar names and held some of the same offices (Governor and Attorney General), the father and son went by […]