Turlock small business owner Michael Eggman will challenge Jeff Denham for his 10th Congressional District seat in November.
On Tuesday Eggman secured 27.3 percent of the vote – with 55.6 percent of the precincts reporting – compared to the overwhelming 55.9 percent wrapped up by the incumbent Republican. Mantecan Mike Barkley, also a Democrat, had secured 16.9 percent of the vote.
Based on California’s “top two” primary system, the two candidates that receive the most votes will go head-to-head in November for the traditional mid-term election, regardless of party affiliation. This was the first time that the State of California expanded that out to include state constitutional offices as well.
In the 9th Congressional District, Retired Federal Marshal Tony Amador secured enough votes – 24.2 percent out of the one-third of the votes that had been counted – to formally challenge incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney in November. Amador was part of a large Republican field that challenged the East Bay Democrat several years ago before redistricting forced him to relocate to Stockton. McNerney handily defeated David Harmer in that election, and had wrapped up 52.2 percent of the votes that had been counted as off 10:56 p.m. Tuesday night.