April 20, 2024 3:15 pm

California Primary Night Recap: Schiff vs. Garvey, Proposition 1 Results

Following the conclusion of Tuesday’s primary night, Californians are facing significant outcomes, with the U.S. Senate race narrowing down to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff and Republican former L.A. Dodger Steve Garvey. Additionally, Proposition 1, aimed at bolstering mental health and substance abuse treatment infrastructure, is under scrutiny as results unfold.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, maintaining a lead in both polling and fundraising, clinched a spot on the November ballot. Expressing gratitude to supporters and allies, including former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas, Schiff’s victory speech was briefly disrupted by protestors advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza. Nevertheless, he emphasized the importance of democratic rights, including the freedom to protest.

While Steve Garvey emerged as a formidable contender, Schiff’s win positions him favorably for the general election. With Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Barbara Lee out of contention, voters in November face a stark partisan choice, particularly given California’s historical lean towards Democratic candidates.

Throughout the primary campaign, Schiff and Garvey sparred over a range of issues, including the federal minimum wage, fossil fuel energy, and former President Donald Trump. Garvey’s past support for Trump contrasted with Schiff’s emphasis on his role in leading Trump’s first impeachment trial in 2020.

The ultimate victor in the Senate race will join U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, marking the end of California’s 30-year streak of female senators.

On the ballot measure front, Proposition 1, championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, law enforcement groups, and major health care organizations, showed a narrow lead. The measure entails a $6.4 billion bond to establish treatment beds and supportive housing, alongside redirected funds from a “millionaire’s tax” to bolster behavioral health housing. While proponents view it as a chance to overhaul the mental healthcare system and provide vital support to unhoused individuals, critics express concerns about potential cuts to existing mental health programs and increased involuntary confinement.

For deeper insights into the Schiff-Garvey showdown and Proposition 1 outcomes, stay tuned for comprehensive analysis.