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Updated: Eshoo, Chapman Leading in Congressional District 18 Race

Candidates now have five months to prepare for November election.

Update: 10 a.m., June 6: With all 306 precincts reporting, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo emerged ahead during Tuesday's election receiving 38,794 votes, or 58.41 percent and contender Dave Chapman getting 21,088 votes, or 31.75 percent.

Update: 9 p.m., June 5: Eshoo was leading in early election results Tuesday evening with 29,014, or 59.04 percent vs. her top opponent Dave Chapman, who had 15,285, or 31.11 percent.

"It is enormously gratifying to have the support of so many of my new constituents, and the continuing trust of those I've been serving," Eshoo said Wednesday morning about the election returns. "I'll do everything I can to give my constituents the representation they deserve."

Chapman's campaign officials said he would be issuing a statement sometime Wednesday.

The other two candidates—William Parks and Carol Brouillet—with 65 of 306 precincts reporting numbers, were trailing behind in third and fourth place with 3,805 votes, or 8.33 percent and 1,688 votes or 3.70 percent, respectively.

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Running for this new district is Rep. Anna Eshoo, who currently represents the 15th Congressional District. The other candidates are Republican Dave Chapman, a software engineer; Green Party member Carol Brouillet, a producer and writer and Democrat William Parks, an attorney.

Since it's an open primary election, it's not known who will emerge victorious until the general election Nov. 6 when the top-two vote getters run against each other for a final contest.

This is what they call a top-two primary, meaning two will run in November in this race regardless of how many votes they receive or party affiliation during today's election, explained San Jose State University political scientist Larry Gerston. The change was approved by voters in a 2010 ballot measure.

"When all is said and done, two of the four will emerge and it's reasonable to believe Eshoo will be one of them," Gerston said. "She has the name recognition and is popular. The question is which of the other three candidates running against her will prevail."

The newly drawn Congressional District 18 contains part of Eshoo's old district, but new areas such as Los Gatos and Campbell.

Congressman Mike Honda will no longer represent the two popular West Valley communities since he's moving east to represent Congressional District 17.

The new Congressional District 18 contains portions of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.

Cities and towns such as Campbell, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Saratoga are maintained whole within the district and portions of the cities of Menlo Park, Redwood City, and San Jose are also within the district and divided to achieve population equality requirements, according to the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The district also contains an unpopulated area of Santa Cruz. "Areas within the district share common social and economic characteristics based on income level and reliance on high technology economies, as well as interests in open space and environmental concerns," the commission wrote in its 2011 redistricting report.

For complete results about this race, please check our live June 5, 2012 Primary Presidential Election coverage by clicking

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Lynne Bryant, CS June 06, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Hope people are taking the time to learn all they can about the candidates. Is there someone "for the people" of this district? I hope so...
Sheila Sanchez June 06, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Hi Lynne, with less than 30 minutes to go, I just filled out my vote-by-mail ballot! LOL. Now my husband is rushing three ballots to the nearest polling place. At least we've fulfilled our civic duty. Low voter turnout, as expected. Stay tuned for great post election coverage tomorrow. We'll have it all. Thanks for the comments! Appreciate your support!
Larry Arzie June 06, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Anna Eshoo is probably going to get the job.
Larry Arzie June 07, 2012 at 05:01 AM
AND SHE DID.

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