Chuck DeVore is done for, too

… as Carly Fiorina emerges as the Republican nominee to take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in November. No word from Tom Campbell yet.

DeVore is in Tustin tonight; here are his prepared remarks:

My friends,

I just completed my telephone call to Carly Fiorina, to congratulate her on her victory this evening. She is our party’s nominee. I endorse her. I will support her. I will vote for her. And I call upon all of you to do the same in November.

We traveled a long road to get here. When I started this campaign many months ago, I had the support of my wife, my daughters, and my dog.

And I want to say: Diane, you’ve put up with me for 22 years — through moves, deployments, children and campaigns. You are the best wife and companion I can imagine. I love you.

We started this campaign small. Today, I am sincerely humbled to have received the support of hundreds of thousands of Californians from all walks of life.

But let me remind all of you — this campaign was never about me. It was about conservative principles. It was about our Constitution. I believe we did our honorable part in reminding California why it needs both.

Never doubt that what we did in this campaign mattered, and will matter long after we’re gone. All of you in this room — and all of you who voted for me today — can hold your heads high.

Winston Churchill said it best when he said:

“The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honour.”

My friends … my fellow Californians … my fellow Americans — If you support me, my campaign is over. But if you support our Constitution and our country — that fight goes on. And I promise you this: I will march with you in that fight, “in the ranks of honour,” to the very end.

God bless you all.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Truthclubber

    You heard it here first, at 9:55 pm, on 6/8/10 — here is how the CD-11 results will play out:

    1) David Harmer
    2) Brad Goehring
    3) Elizabeth Emken
    4) Tony Amador

    In the November general, it’s gonna be:

    1) David Harmer
    2) Jerry McNerney

    Just look at the total turnout in this primary between the two major parties…

  • Josh Richman

    You think? Harmer does seem headed for victory tonight, but remember how low the Democratic turnout today must be, with no top of the ticket (gubernatorial, senatorial) contests to draw those voters to the polls. I wouldn’t use tonight’s total Democratic vote in CD11 as a marker of McNerney’s support come November.

  • Truthclubber

    If the CDP can’t get the party faithful out to defeat their gerrymandering death knell (Prop 14 – the open –aka “let moderates have a chance” — primary initiative) — then they can’t get the vote out to save someone who has never won an election on his own merits.

    Pombo’s own party faithful sat on their hands with the help of massive GOP vote supression (aka demonize Pombo) in the Bush off-year rout of 2006 which is why the vote totals for that McNerney “victory” were so skewed relative to other contests in that area…

    The following election, “ol’ Jerr” rode to victory over Andal on the Obama surfboard…hardly a referendum on his own record.

    None of the above “get out of jail free cards” will be available to him this time as he runs ON HIS OWN RECORD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME…