CA15: Corbett silent as recount clock starts

Alameda County Registrar Tim Dupuis certified his county’s primary election results Thursday, starting a five-calendar-day clock in which candidates can request recounts.

That’s particularly germane for state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-Hayward, who is still 413 votes – half a percentage point – behind Republican Hugh Bussell of Livermore in their battle to finish second after Rep. Eric Swalwell in the 15th Congressional District. The second-place finisher, of course, will go on to face Swalwell, D-Dublin, in November’s general election.

Most of the district is in Alameda County, where Corbett beat Bussell by 1,048 votes. But it also includes a small piece of Contra Costa County as well, where Bussell outperformed Corbett by 1,461 votes.

Corbett hasn’t returned six phone calls over the past 10 days, including one this afternoon, inquiring about her intentions (though her Senate staff has issued 10 news releases about her activity in Sacramento during that time). Depuis has not yet received any request from her for a recount, spokesman Guy Ashley said.

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.

  • Wow, Ellen Corbett’s finish? Truly David Harmer-esque.

  • Willis James

    Ellen Corbett would need to have her head examined if she asked for a recount. She’s probably saying prayers of thanks that she lost by 413 votes instead of finishing in second by 413 votes. Now she can avoid the meaningless slog through September and October with less than $100,000 to spend. Bad enough to go through the motions, but to do so with no money would be pure misery.
    Imagine trying to whip up the troops and contributors for a hopeless run.
    She just saved 5 months of her life.
    As for answering your calls.. what can she say? Better to just let the deadline run out and have the entire issue fade away with the least pain for all involved.
    Unless Swalwell gets caught shoplifting over the weekend, this primary is in books with no recount.

  • Marga

    I agree, what can she say?

    She tried, she lost, now let her back to her job with dignity. Let’s instead put our efforts on how to either lobby Swalwell into starting to support civil liberties, or finding someone who can actually kick his butt in ’16 or ’18.

  • Elwood

    Hang in there, Marga!

    An army of one.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    “Corbett silent”– let’s enjoy it while it lasts