Brock Turner Judge Is First Recalled in Decades

Tight California races still too close to call
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2018 4:45 AM CDT
Updated Jun 6, 2018 6:45 AM CDT
Brock Turner Judge Is First Recalled in Decades
In this Thursday photo, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom smiles at a campaign stop in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Tuesday was a big day for primaries, with votes held in eight states, but one of the day's biggest results involved a judge, not a lawmaker. Voters in California have ousted Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced former Stanford student Brock Turner to six months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, the Guardian reports. Persky, whom activists accused of showing a "pattern of bias," is the first judge recalled by US voters since 1977, and the first in California since 1932. In other races:

  • Trump loyalty. The AP reports that in a GOP primary in Alabama, where loyalty to President Trump is a major issue, Rep. Martha Roby has been forced into a July runoff vote. She criticized Trump in 2016 after the infamous Access Hollywood tape surfaced. Challenger Bobby Bright used footage of her remarks in campaign ads.

  • Too close to call in California. In California, where the "top two" system could complicate Democratic efforts to win back the House in November, key races were still too close to call early Wednesday. After fears of being "locked out," Democratic candidates were on course to win slots in key battleground districts, though determining the final outcome could take days, Politico reports.
  • Brown's successor. In California, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will take on Republican John Cox in the battle to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown, the Washington Post reports. "We're engaged in an epic battle, and it looks like voters will have a real choice this November between a governor who's going to stand up to Donald Trump and a foot soldier in his war on California," Newsom said.
  • Making history in New Mexico. Deb Haaland has won the Democratic primary in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District, putting her on course to become the first Native American woman in Congress, CNN reports.

  • Senate battle in Montana. In Montana, State Auditor Matt Rosendale won the GOP primary and will challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in a race that could determine control of the Senate, the Washington Post reports.
  • Sanders pick loses in Iowa. In Iowa, Cindy Axne won the Democratic primary in the 3rd district and will face GOP Rep. David Young in November, the Des Moines Register reports. Axne defeated former Bernie Sanders campaign aide Pete D'Alessandro.
  • Big win for Menendez. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez defeated publisher Lisa McCormick in New Jersey, the AP reports. Menendez, whose federal bribery trial ended in a mistrial in November, faces a tough challenge from Republican candidate Bob Hugin.
(Read more Election 2018 stories.)

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