Mapping The Vote In San Diego’s Key 2018 Primary Races
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Jill Castellano, inewsource investigative reporter
You’ve cast your primary ballot and seen the overall election results. Now you can dig deeper into the numbers by using six searchable maps created by inewsource.
Our maps allow you to explore voting results by precinct or by address in six of this year’s most high-profile races: the 49th and 50th congressional districts; the 4th and 5th county Board of Supervisors districts; district attorney; and sheriff.
In the district attorney’s race, interim District Attorney Summer Stephan beat Deputy Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright with almost 64 percent of the vote. Sheriff Bill Gore won re-election over sheriff’s Cmdr. Dave Myers by capturing 56 percent of the vote.
While those two races were settled Tuesday, the top two vote-getters in the congressional and county supervisor contests will face off in November.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the race for the North County congressional seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa had Diane Harkey, a Republican, finishing first with almost 25.5 percent of the vote.
Coming in second was Mike Levin, a Democrat, with about 17 percent of the vote. Sixteen candidates competed for the seat.
Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine, who is under investigation by the FBI for possibly misusing campaign funds, finished first in a seven-candidate field with almost 49 percent of the vote. Coming in second for the East County seat was Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat, with about 16 percent of the vote.
The numbers in inewsource’s maps are as of Wednesday morning and may change as mail-in and provisional ballots are counted. The 49th and 50th congressional district maps include portions of Orange and Riverside counties, respectively. The Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office did not provide precinct-level voting data.
What To Look For In The Maps
Precincts are the most granular voting divisions available. They determine polling locations and can include several hundred voters or just a handful. The inewsource maps show the top vote-getters in each precinct and how many votes were cast. You can also see the share of the vote among top candidates.
To search the maps, select a race using the filters on the left. You can then use your address search to find your precinct or click-and-drag to explore each of the six maps. By clicking on a precinct, you can see a breakdown of voting by candidate.
For candidates going to a runoff in November, the maps show their geographic base of support and where they might struggle to win votes.
San Diego County has more than 1.69 million registered voters, with 36.4 percent Democrats, 29 percent Republicans, and 28.9 percent decline to state.
The Registrar of Voters Office expected a turnout of 40 to 45 percent, according to KPBS. With the votes counted so far, the turnout is at 24 percent. Turnout in June 2014, the most recent midterm primary, was 27 percent.
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