Kounalakis advances in California lieutenant governor race
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Eleni Kounalakis has topped all primary contenders in the race to replace California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Kounalakis will advance to the November general election after winning the most votes in Tuesday’s primary. Returns Wednesday morning show Democrat Ed Hernandez in second place with Republican Cole Harris close behind in third place.
The November contest could be a Democrat-on-Democrat matchup if Hernandez maintains his lead as ballots continue to be counted. The top two vote-getters regardless of party advance to the general election under California’s primary election rules.
About 3.8 million votes were counted in the race by Wednesday morning. Ballots will continue coming in through Friday. As long as a ballot was postmarked by Election Day it can arrive up to three days later and still be counted.