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March 3 Primary Election: Live Blog

Milpitas voters headed to the polls Tuesday to vote on everything from the president down to the local school board. Key races for Milpitians included the District 3 Supervisors race, the District 25 Assembly race and the Milpitas School Board special election.

We have the latest updates here on our live blog.

1:15 p.m.

It’s been 17 hours since the polls have closed, and 100 percent of precincts are now reporting. We’ll join other local outlets in calling the results.

In the Assembly District 25 race, former Ohlone Trustee Bob Brunton will face off against policy adviser Alex Lee in November. Brunton, the lone Republican in the race, garnered 24 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, while Lee led the field of eight Democrats with 16 percent of the vote.

In the District 3 Board of Supervisors race, Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) will face off against former Sunnyvale mayor Otto Lee in November. The two came away with 33 percent and 28 percent of the primary vote, respectively.

Minh Ngo defeated Ling Kong and Vance Vuong in a special election for Milpitas’s vacant school board seat. The election was triggered in October after a petition challenged Ngo’s appointment to the board. The seat will be up for election again in November, and Ngo has told the Beat he plans on running again to fill the seat.

10:13 a.m.

As the dust settles in the AD-25 race, it’s clear to most candidates that they’re not advancing to November’s general election.

Milpitas Councilor Anthony Phan thanked his supporters Wednesday morning. “I look forward to continuing my work here on the Milpitas City Council,” he wrote on his campaign page.

Tech worker Natasha Gupta claimed a victory in Alameda County, but it wasn’t enough to propel her to the top. “I want all to know that we have made a real impact on the communities we touched,” Gupta wrote on her campaign page. She congratulated race leader Alex Lee and commended him on not taking any special interest money.

9:34 a.m.

The Beat spoke with Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) a few moments ago as he prepped to head back to the assembly chamber in Sacramento. Chu is currently in the lead for the District 3 Supervisors race.

Chu said he’s “definitely excited” to have a “comfortable lead” in the race.

On Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran’s endorsement: “It means a lot. Coming home to run for local government, the three most important endorsements for me have been local officials: Tran, [Santa Clara Mayor] Lisa Gilmore and [Newark Mayor] Alan Nagy.”

As it’s become clearer he will face off against former Sunnyvale mayor Otto Lee, Chu plans to make inroads in Sunnyvale and “galvanize the South Bay vote.”

Prior to his current stint in the assembly, Chu served on the San Jose City Council in District 4, covering North San Jose. He considers the Berryessa and Evergreen neighborhoods in North San Jose his strongholds.

On the race for his current assembly seat, where Alex Lee — Chu’s former intern — is in the lead among Democrats: “He’s doing very well. He seems to be putting a lot of effort in reaching out to voters. I wish him the best.”

8:48 a.m.

Some statewide news to start off the morning: With virtually all precincts reporting statewide, Proposition 13, the $15 billion California bond measure to repair and modernize aging public schools, looks unlikely to pass.

12:42 a.m.

The county has posted its final update until later this morning. Brunton and Lee are still holding their leads in the Assembly District 25 race. Assemblymember Kansen Chu and former Sunnyvale mayor Otto Lee still top the vote tallies for the District 3 Supe seat, with 33 and 28 percent of the vote, respectively. San Jose Councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco is third at 25 percent and San Jose Planning Commissioner John Leyba rounds out the field with 14 percent. Minh Ngo is still ahead of Ling Kong by more than a dozen points in the Milpitas School Board special election, 52 to 39 percent.

None of these races have been officially called yet.

County updates have shuttered for now, and so will we. The next official update from the county is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday. We’ll update accordingly.

11:51 p.m.

Minh Ngo continues to hold his lead against opponent Ling Kong in Milpitas’s school board race as more precincts report.

11:07 p.m.

Assemblymember Kansen Chu and former Sunnyvale mayor Otto Lee continue to hold their leads for the District 3 Board of Supervisors seat, with 86 percent of precincts reporting.

10:30 p.m.

No surprise here, but several outlets have made it official: Rep. Ro Khanna is the projected winner in his seat’s primary. He tweeted: “While we won tonight, there’s a long fight ahead. Together we are going to continue organizing for progressive change, stop endless wars, and invest in our people in #CA17 and across America.”

10:26 p.m.

With 69 percent of precincts reporting, Minh Ngo continues to hold a 52-38 percent lead against opponent Ling Kong in Milpitas’s school board race. The winner of the race will hold the seat until it is up for election again in November

10:23 p.m.

Crucial updates as the majority of precincts have now reported. Brunton and Lee continue to hold their leads for the AD-25 seat, while Chu and Lee remain on top in the District 3 supervisors race.

9:34 p.m.

Some more national news: With just over 30 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-17) has a commanding lead over his opponents. Khanna, who first won the district in 2016, faced token opposition this time around.

9:03 p.m.

Milpitas Unified School Board candidate Minh Ngo is all smiles so far as early returns place him in the lead against opponents Ling Kong and Vance Vuong. Ngo is currently in the lead with 52 percent of the vote to Kong’s 38 percent and Vuong’s 9 percent. Not all votes have been counted yet, so these numbers may change.

Photo credit: Go Milpitas

8:24 p.m.

In the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 3 race, Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) has an early lead over his competition. Former Sunnyvale mayor Otto Lee is in second. The top two vote-getters will advance to November’s general election. Chu sent local political hopefuls scrambling last year when he announced he was leaving the Assembly to run for Supervisor.

8:10 p.m.

Early returns in the crowded Assembly District 25 race show lone Republican in the race Bob Brunton and policy adviser Alex Lee with early leads. The top two candidates will advance to November’s general election.

8:06 p.m.

First, some national news: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will win the California Democratic Primary, NPR projects.

8:01 p.m.

Polls are now closed. Results to trickle in soon.

7:45 p.m.

Results are expected to trickle in at about 8:01 p.m. We’ll have the latest updates when they do.

6:30 p.m.

We’re 90 minutes away from polls closing in California. If you still need to vote or turn in your ballot, the Santa Clara Registrar of Voters has provided a list of voting centers here.

Lloyd Alaban
Lloyd Alaban
Lloyd Alaban is a reporter who has lived in Milpitas his entire life. He has a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz and an MS in Journalism & Mass Communications from San Jose State University. He has written for publications such as AsianWeek, realtor.com, Work+Money, SpareFoot, Uni Watch and San Jose Inside. Lloyd has covered numerous issues, including local businesses, protests, affordable housing policy, homelessness and city government. He is passionate about local news and its ability to shed light on underprivileged communities. In his spare time, he likes playing anything that has to do with trivia (especially watching Jeopardy!), running, drinking beer, reading, and playing with his Siberian Husky.


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