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CA15: Hope fades for Ellen Corbett

By Josh Richman
Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 5:01 pm in 2014 primary, Ellen Corbett, Eric Swalwell, U.S. House.

Republican Hugh Bussell leads state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett by 413 votes in their battle to finish second behind Rep. Eric Swalwell in the 15th Congressional District, following Friday’s election-returns update from Contra Costa County.

Contra Costa Registrar Joe Canciamilla said all his county’s ballots are now counted except for about 4,000 with damages, soiling or errors; only a fraction of those would fall in the 15th District, most of which falls in Alameda County where counting was completed earlier this week.

“Based on the data from this run that I have just been given, I don’t think it will make much of a difference in the outcomes,” Canciamilla said. “The close races have margins that are remaining pretty much the same.”

Corbett, D-Hayward, did not return phone calls Friday afternoon. The most recent item on her campaign’s Facebook page was posted Tuesday.

“As we await the final vote tally, I want to take a moment to thank my many supporters, volunteers, and team for an outstanding show of support and dedication,” she wrote. “Together we have shown East Bay voters a real difference and why it matters.”

Hugh BussellBussell, the Alameda County GOP vice chairman from Livermore, sounded ebullient Friday afternoon.

“It still feels like we’re 95 percent there to crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s,” he said. “It isn’t quite official yet and the margin is so slender, and no matter who ends up the winner, it certainly was a great battle.”

“Obviously I’m very pleased with how things have turned out at this point … and I’m looking forward to stepping up the pace between now and November,” Bussell added.

As of Friday’s update, Swalwell, D-Dublin, had finished first with 42,386 votes, or 49.1 percent of all those cast. Given that Corbett ran as a more progressive candidate while Bussell ran as a more conservative candidate, he seems well-situated in the middle to pick up many of Corbett’s votes come November.

Bussell on Friday had 22,204 votes (25.7 percent) and Corbett had 21,791 (25.22 percent).

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  • JohnW

    I like the guy’s attitude. Looking forward to a hopefully civilized race between reasonable people.

  • Willis James

    Hugh “Brat” Bussell, is a fresh face. Though not competitive, the race could be a nice exchange of ideas for the handful of voters who attend one of the forums.
    If only the League of Women Voters would allow the two of them to have a real debate instead of their typical regulated snooze forums.

  • SactoSteve

    I would normally root for a Democrat over a Republican. But Corbett’s negativity–for example, accusing Swalwell of supporting the Paul Ryan budget–leads me to believe she got what she deserved.

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Uh, @SactoSteve:disqus, Eric Swalwell is a Democrat. :-)

  • JohnW

    Uh, I think he knows that. Believe he is saying he would normally root for another Democrat rather than a Republican to win the other slot on the November ballot.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    “Hope Fades” sounds like Ellen has a fatal illness.

  • Elwood

    For a politician it is.