Republican Pete Peterson and Democratic state Sen.
The contest was reshaped in March, when state Sen.
Despite dropping out, Yee received more than 287,000 vote, placing third in the contest.
No-party-preference candidate Dan Schnur, Democrat Derek Cressman and Democrat Jeffrey H. Drobman trailed Yee. There are likely thousands of provisional ballots still to be counted in the coming days, but if the results stand, Peterson and Padilla will face off in November.
Yee’s arrest meant candidates in the race focused much of their attention on ethics issues, with several proposing tougher rules on campaign fundraising. The seat was open because current Secretary of State
is prevented by term limits from seeking reelection.
Pete Peterson is executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, a think tank at Pepperdine University.
Another Republican was also in the race: Roy Allmond, who is a program technician in the secretary of state's office.