June 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – In a an error reminiscent of the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline, the Valley News reported that Jeff Stone won the Republican primary for the 36th State Senate seat. That’s because the district spans both Riverside and San Diego Counties---and the chagrined publisher apparently only checked the Riverside results, the conservative blog Flash Report revealed today.
In fact, Anderson leads by a hefty total of 6,810 votes with all precincts in both counties counted--though tens of thousands or more absentee and provisional ballots remain to be tallied.
Stone, a Riverside County Supervisor, captured 15,042 votes in Riverside compared to incumbent Assemblyman Joel Anderson’s meager 6,201 votes. But in San Diego, where Anderson is widely known, the reverse was true, with Anderson garnering a whopping 25,992 to Stone’s 2,461 votes. Another key difference between the two Counties was that Kenneth Dickson placed second, above Anderson, in Riverside returns.
Anderson will face off in November against Democrat Paul Clay, a teacher in Riverside County.