Though Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was the top vote-getter among 2020 presidential candidates for the Democratic primary in California, his support among Mountain View residents was modest by comparison. He received 33.6% of the vote across the state and 30.3% in Mountain View.
Where Mountain View sticks out in the presidential primary is the support for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who did unusually well. She received about 12% of the vote across Santa Clara County and the state, but 19.5% among Mountain View residents.
Mountain View residents were less likely to back candidates with a more moderate political platform, with a smaller percentage of votes going to former Vice President Joe Biden (18.7%), Michael Bloomberg (14.7%), Pete Buttigieg (7.9%) and Amy Klobuchar (4.6%). Buttigieg and Klobuchar had both announced they were dropping out of the race just days before the March 3 primary, encouraging voters to instead vote for Biden.
Though Proposition 13, California's $15 billion school board measure, is poised for defeat with only 44.1% of ballots counted so far in support of the measure, the measure was doing far better in Santa Clara County (50.3%) and Mountain View (61.1%).
Early results show Republican Alex Glew and Democrat Josh Becker are leading in the crowded race for state Senate District 13, with 21.2% and 20.4%, respectively, of the votes counted as of Wednesday morning. But the level of support for each candidate largely shifts from one city to the next.
Becker pulled ahead in Palo Alto, while Glew prevailed as the top vote-getter in Los Altos Hills and parts of Los Altos, and Democrat Sally Lieber — a distant third in the race — was top choice among residents in Mountain View and Sunnyvale as a whole.
Lieber, a Mountain View resident, won 32.3% of the vote in her hometown, taking a commanding lead over Becker (20.8%) and Glew (15.8%). Trailing behind were Democratic candidates Annie Oliva and Shelly Masur with 10.6% and 10.3% of the vote in Mountain View, respectively.
Mountain View voters were also more likely to support Foothill De-Anza Community College District's $898 million Measure G bond, with 61.7% of the city's residents backing the measure as of Wednesday morning. Overall, the bond has 57.3% of the vote, narrowly above the 55% vote required to pass.
Despite backing most tax measures by a healthy margin, only 65.5% of votes counted in Mountain View as of Wednesday morning were in support of Measure H, Foothill-De Anza's $48 parcel tax. Parcel taxes must win a two-thirds majority in order to pass. Across the county, Measure H had won only 60.6% of the vote so far.
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