The vote count as of Wednesday morning showed that close to 56 percent of Mountain View voters supported Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom for governor, compared to 48.7 percent support from the rest of the county and 33.3 percent among California voters as a whole. Coming in a distant second was Republican John Cox, capturing 10.32 percent of Mountain View's votes, followed closely by Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa at 10.26 percent.
In a crowded field of candidates vying for the Senate seat long held by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a majority of Mountain View voters — a little over 54 percent — supported Feinstein for another term, while 17 percent supported state Senator Kevin de Leon, also a Democrat. Although Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, enjoyed a resounding victory Tuesday with nearly 71 percent of the vote in a field of three candidates, Mountain View gave her an even larger margin of victory with 79 percent of the city's vote.
Following a two-year campaign to oust Judge Aaron Persky after he gave a lenient sentence to a Stanford University student found guilty of sexual assault, Mountain View voters largely agreed to remove the embattled judge from the bench, with just under two-thirds of the city's ballots cast in favor of the recall. A similar contingent of Mountain View voters, 67.9 percent, voted to replace Persky with Assistant District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson.
Despite failing to receive the endorsement of local politicians such as Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel, the city's residents heavily favored passing Regional Measure 3, which increases bridge tolls by $3 to finance $4.5 billion in regional transportation projects. Among voters throughout the nine-county Bay Area, 53.9 percent voted "yes" on the measure, with particularly high support from Santa Clara County (60.5 percent) and Mountain View (62.9 percent).
California voters parted ways with Mountain View and Santa Clara County voters over who should oversee the state's public school system. Among state voters, 37.1 percent backed school administrator Marshall Tuck for state superintendent, while 34.3 percent voted for State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond.
The two candidates, who will have to face off in the November election later this year, saw virtually identical support from Santa Clara County voters — 36.8 percent for Thurmond and 36.5 percent for Tuck — but Thurmond was the clear victor in Mountain View with 40 percent of city's vote.
Mountain View voters largely mirrored the rest of the state in supporting Proposition 69, which restricts the use of transportation taxes and fees; Proposition 71, which changes the effective date of voter-approved measures; and Proposition 72, which excludes rainwater capture upgrades from property tax assessments. Mountain View voters also rejected Proposition 70, which would have required a two-thirds vote by the state Legislature for use of cap-and-trade program revenue.
Mountain View voters were particularly supportive of Proposition 68, which will allow the state to issue $4 billion in bonds for parks, water infrastructure and other environmental projects. More than 72 percent voted "yes" on the measure, compared to just 56 percent across the state.
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