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Roundtable: March Primary Recap

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary election night campaign rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Chris Carlson / AP
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary election night campaign rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles.

Amita Sharma, KPBS News

Michael Smolens, The San Diego Union-Tribune

David Garrick, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Seth Combs, freelance journalist

Joe Biden Lives!

As of Friday, 33.8% of voters in California voted for Bernie Sanders for president, with 25.1% voting for Joe Biden. But the big majority of states with primary elections on Super Tuesday went the opposite way, adding to Biden's delegate count instead. The Super Tuesday fallout has been fierce, with Mike Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Pete Buttigieg dropping out of the race and revitalizing Biden's teetering presidential bid.

RELATED: Gloria Headed For San Diego Mayor Runoff; Sherman, Bry Battling For Second Spot

Heading for second in the mayor's race

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Democrat Todd Gloria was firmly in first place for the race for San Diego Mayor. But his challenger in November is not as clear with Republican Scott Sherman and Democrat Barbara Bry is a very tight race for second. The totals as of Friday are: Gloria 40.8%, Sherman 24.6%, and Bry 23.7%.

53rd and 50th Congressional Races

Democrat Sara Jacobs, an anti-poverty advocate and granddaughter of Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, leads the race for the 53rd Congressional District with 29.6% of the vote to San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gómez's 19.2%.

RELATED: Jacobs Leads In 53rd District Race With Gomez In Second

Ammar Campa-Najjar, the lone Democrat running in the 50th Congressional District to fill the seat vacated by convicted Rep. Duncan Hunter, was leading Tuesday's primary over former GOP Congressman Darrell Issa. Issa is seeking a return to the House after retiring two years ago. The totals as of Friday are: Ammar Campa-Najjar 34.4, Darrell Issa 29.5%, and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio 21%.

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RELATED: In Contested 50th Congressional District, Campa-Najjar, Issa Appear Headed For Runoff

Measuring the Measures

Measure C, which would expand the San Diego's bayfront convention center and guarantee a steady stream of revenue to address the homeless crisis, is trailing, falling just short of the two-thirds majority it needed to prevail. As of Friday, the total of yes votes were inching upward to 64.1%.

Measure A, requiring public votes on most large housing projects in rural and semi-rural parts of the county, appeared headed for defeat. Meanwhile, Measure B, which asked voters to affirm the county Board of Supervisors' approval of the 2,135-home Newland Sierra Project, was failing by a sizable and widening spread.

The 2024 primary election is March 5. Find in-depth reporting on each race to help you understand what's on your ballot.