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Butler Wins Primary in 53rd Assembly race


It was an exciting night here in the Marina as friend and neighbor Betsy Butler soundly defeated her six opponents. The victory is satisfying on a few fronts. First and foremost, Betsy kept her campaign focused on issues even after a barrage of negative mailers from corporate PACs cluttered the district. In addition, Betsy out-raised her opponents and earned an impressive roster of diverse endorsements.To learn more about Betsy, go to

Kristin Agostoni covered the election results for the Daily Breeze:

With 252 of 298 precincts counted, Butler was on top with 26.5 percent of the vote, followed by James Lau, 17.9 percent; Nick Karno, 14.3 percent; and Manhattan Beach Mayor Mitch Ward, 14.2 percent.

Trailing them were Kate Anderson, 12.1 percent; Peter Thottam, 5.7 percent; Edgar Saenz, 5.2 percent; and Diane Wallace, 4.2 percent.

Butler, 46, will face South Bay Tea Party founder Nathan Mintz, a Republican, and third-party candidates in November.

“I’m honored if I am elected to represent the people of the 53 rd,” Butler said Tuesday night while waiting for results at Sangria in Hermosa Beach.

She also said she believes negative campaigning “doesn’t work,” adding, “I’m always about justice and accountability.”

Butler faced a strong opposition campaign from corporate and medical insurance groups that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to highlight her past experience with the state trial attorneys organization.   Read more….

For more election coverage:

Los Angeles Times: Whitman, Fiorina cruise to victories

Los Angeles Times: CA Voters Approve Open Primary

Merced Sun-Star: Power Measure Prop. 16 Close but Losing Steam

Huffington Post: The Betsy Butler Smear Campaign – It gets Even Worse

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