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Elan Carr was the top vote getter at the June 3 primary for the 33rd Congressional District race.
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Elan Carr was the top vote getter at the June 3 primary for the 33rd Congressional District race.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Elan Carr, Ted Lieu To Square Off Nov. 4 For 33rd Congressional District Seat

Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 8:55 am

Parimal M. Rohit / Staff Writer

The race to succeed Henry Waxman has officially whittled down from 18 candidates to just two, as attorney Elan Carr and State Sen. Ted Lieu will square off on Nov. 4.

With all precincts reporting as of 3:08 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Carr, a Republican, emerged as the top vote getter in the June 3 primary.

Carr finished with 17,904 votes (21.5 percent), comfortably ahead of Lieu’s 15,870 votes (19 percent).

The Democrat Lieu handily edged out fellow Blue candidate and former Los Angeles Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, whose first campaign for federal office ended with 13,976 votes (16.8 percent).

For Greuel, it is her second consecutive defeat in a major election. In 2013, she finished second to Eric Garcetti in the race to become Los Angeles mayor.

In fourth place was Marianne Williamson, whose 10,789 votes and 12.9 percent mark slightly edge Matt Miller (9,973 votes, 12 percent).

Williamson ran as an Independent while Miller campaigned as a Democrat.

Republican Lilly Gilani collected 5,831 votes (7.0 percent).

No other candidate crossed the 3 percent threshold.

The race for the 33rd Congressional district is one of the most watched campaigns in the country. Waxman is leaving his seat after 40 years in Washington, D.C. His 33rd district, as it is currently composed, is one of the most economically affluent districts in the United States. Cities and districts within the 33rd include Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Palos Verdes, and the San Fernando Valley. The district also leans left.

Other candidates included: Barbara L. Mulvaney (1,945 votes); Kevin Mottus (1,935); David Kanuth (1,177); Kristie Holmes (770); Mark Matthew Herd (674); Matthew Ian Sachs (552); Michael Shapiro (530); Tom Fox (397); Zein E. Obaji, Jr., (360); Vince Flaherty (258); James Graf (245); and, Brent Roske (135).

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Jun. 5, 2014, 6:25:18 am

Alison Cabrera said...

On Tuesday, in a heavily Democratic Congressional district in southern California that hasn’t had a Republican representative in more than 20 years, voters in CD 33 did the right thing. Enough of them voted for pragmatism, sending Republican Elan Carr into the general election cycle against a Democratic state senator known by 80 percent of the electorate there. Making a moderate Republican the top vote-getter in a crowded field of 18 candidates speaks volumes about the voters’ hunger for someone to at least try to change politics as usual. Carr will have an uphill battle between now and November as he tries to convince South Bay residents that an emphasis on keeping good jobs from leaving the state and improving schools raises up the economy for everyone. His opponent, Ted Lieu, has focused on stopping the NSA from spying. Which of these messages is likely to resonate more with voters in Santa Monica, Westlake Village and Torrance? That remains to be seen. California (and the Congress) needs Elan Carr to bring a fresh perspective to the challenges faced by the state and the nation. The choice is really one between business as usual and a profound shift in the way problems are addressed. As a prosecutor, Carr puts some of the most notorious murderers in L.A. County behind bars. He knows how to get things done and knows how to work with people of all political persuasions. Lieu, on the other hand, spends his time in the California Senate being part a single-party super-majority that never works with the other side. As a moderate, Carr understands the importance of respecting and valuing all points of view. Get to know Elan Carr at If you’re a voter in CD 33, especially one who is tired of seeing great jobs leave the state without anyone trying to lure companies back, you’ll be very glad you did.

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