Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Saldaña Falls Short in Endorsement Bid
Lori Saldaña tonight fell one vote short of garnering the 60% support needed to secure official party endorsement at the California Democratic Convention tonight. Of 42 caucus votes cast, Saldaña received 25, while fellow Democrat Scott Peters received ten and seven voted against endorsing either candidate. Peters and Saldaña will face off against Republican Brian Bilbray in the first election conducted in the newly mapped 52nd congressional district.
"Listen, this whole effort is about beating Brian Bilbray, who's got about a 'zero' record on everything," said Peters, addressing the group before votes were tallied, who also cited support from various labor, teachers' and LGBT groups. "We need to stick together, and a vote of 'no endorsement' will do that for us."
"It's been clear from the beginning that there's only one candidate who has enough support from this caucus to earn the endorsement," Saldaña countered. "I am clearly, by the polling, the front-runner in this race."
Loud cheers later went up when Saldaña's vote, for herself, was announced. Another round of cheering and applause erupted when it was announced that the party would not offer formal endorsement to either candidate.
Pictured: Peters and Saldaña speaking before vote tallies were announced
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