It’s Election Day, and social media will be flooded with all sorts of commentary as the results come in for local and statewide races. We want to make your experience less of a firehose, so the staff at CALmatters will be curating the best tweeted insights, reactions and updates from influencers on the right and left and CALmatters’ reporters and editors.
Tweets from the Left
Good night for labor, starting with a great showing from our endorsed candidate for Gov, @GavinNewsom. And chances for congressional blue wave in CA still strong given early results. Thanks to all union volunteers who worked so hard leading up to tonight #UnionStrong
I was right about this one… https://t.co/wYFa9YUg64
Across the board, Top Two proves itself a flop again. CA voters once again choose party labels over every other factor, no wave of moderates, and low turnout #CaliforniaPrimary2018
@GavinNewsom victory shows CA’s democratic process is not for sale. Voters clearly rejected school privatization agenda of billionaires backing Villaraigosa & showed their support of providing a free, public education to all students regardless of their ZIP code. #Election2018 https://t.co/2NBWxrcHii
Lots of storylines tonight but, wow, did the charters spend an awful lot of money to end up that far off the pace #CAPrimary
Gavin Newsom: “Great California poet Kendrick Lamar said be humble. Hard not to be humble when trying to follow Governor Jerry Brown.
Posting hot takes about the California primary at this time of night is like doing an NBA Finals postmortem after the first half of Game 1
A huge disappointment. I hated his sentence. I hate this recall. https://t.co/va6vFTpnCP
Depressingly low, given the statewide races but also key contested #Yolo #County positions including Sheriff and DA. https://t.co/RbZJOhmG6T
My guess is that it has a negative but not outcome-determinative effect https://t.co/YvOeCR2lws
same Scott, same. Stay in line! https://t.co/3YeVPtZAES
What a huge error. Thank you for leading on this and getting the information out there! https://t.co/6BbE1xG6qa
Sacramento!!! WE NEED YOU TO SHOW UP!! https://t.co/xM5hTCZYRC
Another @Political_Data absentee tracker update. 17k from Sacramento, including hourly vote center updates, and more San Mateo, other counties. 2.76m ballots.
Tweets from CALmatters Staff
The state of California has always been America’s coming attraction. Millions of destinies connected by one dream: to be whoever you want to be.” Newsom victory speech has plenty of old favorites-and hints at campaign ahead via @calmatters https://t.co/ojR9DjaLzJ
TOTAL RECALL: Californians threw out two public officials tonight, recalling Judge Aaron Persky with progressive fervor in Santa Clara County and Sen. Josh Newman w/ GOP power in Orange County. Harbinger of more tumult to come?
I’m asking you to get behind Gavin Newsom,” #AntonioVillaraigosa tells supporters in a heartfelt concession speech. #CaliforniaPrimary2018
Antonio Villaraigosa concedes. Congratulates Gavin Newsom and John Cox. Surrounded by family, talks about sacrifices they made.
The only state that has its own dream…” #AntonioVillaraigosa praising California speaking to supporters after the race has been called.
What do the results of tonight’s primary mean for housing policy in California? Part of what we’ll tackle in @CAHousingPod this week.
@TheRealJohnHCox campaign manager @TimRosales says L.A. voter roll issues not a factor in Cox 2nd place finish, saying missing voters get provisional ballots.
The scene. #CAprimary
@MarshallTuck @TonyThurmond Thurmond just spoke w/ his fired-up supporters, telling them that it’s onto November, even though this #CAPrimary race hasn’t been called just yet.
@GavinNewsom is now on the stage.
With a quarter of the vote counted, @MarshallTuck is leading the #CAPrimary race for superintendent with 38% of the vote. @TonyThurmond trails him with 33%.
In his speech at the campaign watch party, @GavinNewsom refers to @TheRealJohnHCox as “a foot soldier in [President Trump’s] war on California.
Mellow gathering in Sacramento for Dave Jones, currently standing at 4th place in race for AG. He blamed lack of media attention on the race and said Becerra has benefited from free publicity for repeatedly suing the Trump Administration. #CaliforniaPrimary2018
Theme @ Villaraigosa election party: It’s gonna be a long night. Long week? #CaliforniaPrimary2018
John Cox @TheRealJohnHCox sounds like he’s claiming victory .. telling crowd “this is first step to taking back California.
Antonio Villaraigosa says his campaign was told that in addition to voters’ names omitted from rolls in LA County, some voters were not allowed to cast provisional ballots. “We won’t cast aspersions, but we will demand answers.” #CaliforniaPrimary2018
TO-NY, TO-NY, TO-NY! Thurmond’s supporters erupt in cheers as he arrives at his watch party in El Cerrito. Many attendees are his constituents. That’s Thurmond in the center with the pink tie. #CAPrimary https://t.co/IgejGsiDsP
Oakland mayor @LibbySchaaf gives speech just after major news networks call top spot in gov race for @GavinNewsom. A not-so-subtle dig at President Trump who has called for Schaaf to be prosecuted after she warned constituents of an ICE raid last February. #CaliforniaPrimary2018
AG @XavierBecerra celebrating election night at Planned Parenthood party in Sacramento
GOP Gov. candidate @TheRealJohnHCox must be feeling good about the returns. He’s back talking to the media.
Juanita Zapata from Oxnard, at the Antonio Villaraigosa election night party. She supports the former mayor because of his stance on immigration. #CaliforniaPrimary2018
Villaraigosa campaign asks LA County Registrar to keep county polling places open until Friday, June 8, to allow 118,000 voters left off voting lists to cast a vote. #CaliforniaPrimary2018
Mixed reviews for Sacramento County’s new voting center system at polling place in Midtown earlier. Stephanie Bucknam, 33, said dropping off her ballot was “way easier” than standing in line to vote. Others had trouble figuring out where to go, how late centers were open.
California’s unconventional primary may yield conventional outcomes in races for governor and senator–Dem vs. Rep contests in November– early returns indicate
Mostly journalists…working and waiting for @GavinNewsom to hit the stage. We have a while to go. #CaliforniaPrimary2018 #CaPrimary2018 https://t.co/L68bRMTla9
Real humans (i.e non-political reporters and campaign consultants) are starting to arrive at the @GavinNewsom election watch party in SF
The scene at Tony Thurmond’s #CaliforniaPrimary2018 watch party in the East Bay. Yes, those are “Congrats, Grad” balloons. His daughter happened to graduate today, too. He’ll be arriving shortly.
LA County Registrar’s office tells CALmatters that despite widespread problems with voter rolls, the polls closed at 8pm. Needed a judge’s order to keep them open. Villaraigosa Campaign officials asking CA secretary of state to look into it. #CaliforniaPrimary2018
Party underway @ Antonio Villaraigosa’s party, only instead of watching election results, supporters are looking to see how ballot problems might play out.#CaliforniaPrimary2018
Annnnnnd here come the first numbers. Follow along here: https://t.co/wPO9VdLT9H
Asked @GavinNewsom advisor about snafu in LA County (over 118K voters left off rolls). Stressed that campaign wants to see every vote counted (“obviously”), but did not seem worried that it would ultimately make a difference. @CLShambaugh
Growing crowd of press and politicos at @GavinNewsom watch party. Low key vibe, as everyone predicts Newsom will make top two. Only question is who he will face in Nov. That will set terms of debate for the next 5mo. Newsom has been very clear that he prefers @TheRealJohnHCox
GOP Gov. candidate @TheRealJohnHCox says he’s “cautiously optimisitic” and “hoping for a good result” as he arrives to watch elex results
Antonio Villaraigosa calls widespread ballot snafu in LA county ‘unprecedented.’ His campaign has asked for polls to remain open.
Your @CALmatters crew for #CaliforniaPrimary : @youngsamantha w/ Cox, @julie_cart w/ Villaraigosa, @FromBenC & @byrhondalyons w/ Newsom, @Calefati w/ Thurmond. I’m in the newsroom w/ @DanielMorain @davelesher @TrevEischen @thetallestshort https://t.co/GgSZofM8sf
All quiet at Villaraigosa party. #alldressedup
Cox wins on wifi in #CAGov2018. High speed internet provided @TheRealJohnHCox election night hotel. Not so at @GavinNewsom party https://t.co/5hun4b6IWT @FromBenC
Alright, here’s a thread of some local housing measures on ballots across California tonight. I’m sure I’m missing some so fill me in my blanks
Wondering how this affects Villaraigosa: A total of 1,530 precincts of LA County’s 4,357 voting locations were affected in some way, with a total of 118,522 voters’ names omitted. https://t.co/wFXU3GgNeh How does this happen?
I’m combing through local housing ballot initiatives now to see what I should be paying attention to tonight. But nothing can be more important than the City of Weed voting on whether to tax marijuana businesses tonight. https://t.co/uFbwgIf7cv
Ain’t no party like a party that you show up 3.5 hours early to.
Surprisingly late for an endorsement, but otherwise not surprising. https://t.co/wTJcZZlLii
Thanks! Check back here shortly after 8 PM for the first round of results in today’s #CaliforniaPrimary #CaliforniaPrimary2018 https://t.co/4q8DLS6y1G
Making my way to SF for Newsom’s watch party, and I’ve stopped in Sacramento, Dixon and Richmond. Spoke to few voters. Each person I spoke with had a different concern. Sac➡️ Immigration, Equality Dixon➡️Water, Ag Richomond➡️ Affordable Housing #CAvotes #CaPrimary2018 https://t.co/ZdZDDqEDfV
Tweets from the Right
Perhaps a #NewWayCA https://t.co/6sKwDKQ30J
Possible trend detector in CA politics–the Insurance Commissioner race that will pit a solid left politician, @RicardoLara4CA vs an Independent @StevePoizner
100% correct. June voters are partisan voters. Generically on polls GOP preference is still about 36%…and so far GOP cumulatives are running around 40%. https://t.co/9KhIms17F3
The most competitive and interesting November state elections may be way down the ticket: Insurance Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction
John Cox and Gavin Newsom have just spoken. Agreed to give voters of this great state the race they deserve. Good conversation. #CAGov
It also won’t make a difference. @antonio4ca too far behind. But @AlexPadilla4CA – FAIL. Over 100,000 voters disenfranchised because our SOS is phoning it in from @GavinNewsom’s victory party. https://t.co/Y4MwW3GZHj
I simply don’t understand how someone SO IMPORTANT (just ask him) as @kdeleon could be getting his butt kicked so badly? Clearly it is Luddite voters who do not appreciate his superior intellect.
First returns show landslide for #Prop69 “Lockbox.” Strong result could help opponents of gas tax repeal in November if voters think gas tax going toward roads
Full house at Republican election headquarters at @USGrantHotel. In addition to local media we’re joined by state and national media. San Diego is the epicenter for political activity in California this evening with several statewide candidates in attendance. #rpsdc #cagov
No word from Donnie Most if he’s still got it. https://t.co/eguMR5SxGQ
The last two CA Gov primaries were 25% and 33% turnout respectively. Now that CA is the base of the “Resistance” will turnout spike? Pre-election day AV participation suggests…no.
Not even lawn signs can save you now.
IVoted I’m old school tho I used the touch screen, which was easy & very cool. Poll vols said it’s been steady all day & heavier than last year. Praying turnout is up, regardless of who wins. It was blissful to have many qualified women to choose from. #CaliforniaPrimary2018
This could also be 2% of all the voters who show up statewide. Very serious problem. https://t.co/r1TZ9OZ5g1
Please clap https://t.co/HsZ4ZW5e6O