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2014 California State Controller election

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2014 California State Controller election

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California State Controller Betty Yee.jpg
Ashley Swearengin.jpg
Nominee Betty Yee Ashley Swearengin
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,810,304 3,249,668
Percentage 53.97% 46.03%

California Controller Election Results by County, 2014.svg
County Results
Yee:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Swearengin:      50–60%      60–70%      70-80%

State Controller before election

John Chiang
Democratic

Elected State Controller

Betty Yee
Democratic

The 2014 California State Controller election was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the State Controller of California. Incumbent Democratic Controller John Chiang was term-limited and ineligible to run for re-election to a third term in office.

A primary election was held on June 3, 2014. Under California's nonpartisan blanket primary law, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. In the primary, voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. The top two finishers — regardless of party — advance to the general election in November, even if a candidate manages to receive a majority of the votes cast in the primary election. Washington is the only other state with this system, a so-called "top two primary" (Louisiana has a similar "jungle primary").

In the primary, Republican Ashley Swearengin and Democrat Betty Yee finished first and second, respectively. The third-place finisher, Democrat John Pérez, initially called for a recount in 15 counties after official results showed him trailing Yee by 481 votes; however, he ultimately conceded to Yee more than a month after the primary.[1][2][3] Swearengin and Yee contested the general election, which Yee won.

Primary election

Candidates

Democratic Party

Declared
Declined

Republican Party

Declared
Withdrew

Green Party

Declared

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Pérez (D)
Ashley
Swearengin (R)
Betty
Yee (D)
Other Undecided
SurveyUSA May 16–19, 2014 610 ±4% 18% 31% 24% 8% 18%
Field Poll Mar. 18–Apr. 5, 2014 504 ±4.5% 14% 28% 19% 1% 38%

Results

California State Controller primary election, 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ashley Swearengin 1,001,473 24.79
Democratic Betty Yee 878,195 21.74
Democratic John Pérez 877,714 21.73
Republican David Evans 850,109 21.05
Green Laura Wells 231,352 5.73
Democratic Tammy D. Blair 200,532 4.96
Total votes 4,039,375 100
Turnout   13.68

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Betty
Yee (D)
Ashley
Swearengin (R)
Undecided
GQR/American Viewpoint October 22–29, 2014 1,162 ± 3.3% 46% 38% 16%
Field Poll October 15–28, 2014 941 ± 3.4% 44% 36% 20%
Field Poll August 14–28, 2014 467 ± 4.8% 46% 32% 22%
Gravis Marketing July 22–24, 2014 580 ± 4% 39% 39% 22%

Results

California State Controller general election, 2014[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Betty Yee 3,810,304 53.97
Republican Ashley Swearengin 3,249,668 46.03
Total votes 7,059,972 100

References

  1. ^ Megerian, Chris (6 July 2014). "John Pérez calls for recount in tight race for state controller". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ "8 reasons to care about the recount in the state controller's race". KPCC. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  3. ^ Wildermuth, John. "John Pérez concedes in California controller's race". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Official certified list of candidates" (PDF). Controller. California Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-14. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ Melanie Mason (October 9, 2013). "Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announces bid for state controller". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  6. ^ Josh Richman (April 8, 2013). "Political Blotter: Board of Equalization member Betty Yee making a bid for state controller". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  7. ^ Josh Richman (June 3, 2013). "Bill Lockyer won't run for controller, will retire from office at end of 2014". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "State Controller" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-09. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin plans bid for state controller". Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  10. ^ Withdrawn: Tina Mizany for California State Controller (March 7, 2014). "With regret this notice is to inform everyone..." Facebook. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  11. ^ "Statement of Vote June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-04. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  12. ^ "Statement of Vote November 4, 2014, General Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved December 30, 2014.

External links

Official campaign websites
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