Locals back McCain, Clinton

Voters in the two local Congressional districts followed the state trend in supporting Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, and John McCain in the Republican.

In the 26th District that includes La Cañada Flintridge, represented by Republican David Dreier, Clinton received 54% of the Democratic vote, to 40% for Barack Obama. Sen. John Edwards, who just dropped out of the race, received 3.4%. Among Republicans, McCain received 44%, to 36.5% for Mitt Romney. Mike Huckabee received 10.5%.

In the neighboring 29th District, represented by Democrat Adam Schiff, Clinton received 52% of the vote to 44% for Obama. Edwards received 2%. Among Republicans, McCain received 45%, Romney 34.3% and Huckabee 9.6%.

Across the state, Clinton took 52% of the vote to 42% for Obama. Among Republicans, Sen. John McCain won 42% of the vote, to 33.6% for Mitt Romney and 11.5% for Mike Huckabee.

In the hotly contested proposition battles, four referendums on Indian gaming ended with all four tribal pacts being approved, by margins around 56% to 44%.

A proposed revision of the state term limits law lost by a 53-47 vote, which means that more than 40 legislators will be turfed out this year, including state Senators Jack Scott and Bob Margett, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez.

In the various Democratic state primaries and caucuses, Clinton won California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas. Obama won Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah. For the Republicans, McCain won Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Oklahoma. Romney won in Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Montana, North Dakota and Utah. Mike Huckabee had a strong showing in the South, with victories in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia. According to the Associated Press, the delegate count between Clinton and Obama remains close, with Clinton having 845 pledged representatives to the national convention to 765 for Obama. The magic number for nomination is 2,025. Among the Republicans, McCain has 613 delegates, Romney 269 and Huckabee 190, with 1,191 needed.

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