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Congress, Assembly Races Due For November Runoffs

Incumbent Jeff Denham will once again face off against Democratic challenger Michael Eggman for the 10th Congressional District seat in the November general election, as they did in 2014.

Results from the Tuesday, June 7 primary election showed that Denham had over 48 percent of the vote and Eggman was at 27 percent with all precincts counted in Stanislaus and southern San Joaquin counties.

Among other challengers, Robert Hodges received 10.5 percent, and Michael Barkley received 14.4 percent of votes cast.

Unless one party gets 50 percent of the vote plus one, the top two finishers regardless of party affiliation advance to the November general election. In the 2014 election, Denham beat Eggman, receiving 56 percent of the vote.

Denham, 48, has represented this area in Congress since 2010 in addition to spending the prior eight years as a state senator for the 12th Senate District. He is a Turlock almond grower and also has an agricultural container business in Salinas.

Eggman, 51, is a commercial beekeeper and almond grower near Turlock. Eggman campaigned in the primary with the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In the 12th Assembly District race as of press time, Heath Flora pulled ahead to capture 23.1 percent of the vote and the lead over former Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueno, who had 22.8 percent. Initial results had showed Madueno ahead when the mail-in votes were being counted on June 8. Harinder Grewal and former San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel were close to the leaders, each receiving 20 percent of votes cast.

Flora and Madueno will have a run-off in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Current 12th District Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen did not endorse a candidate in the primary; she was termed out of the Legislature and ran unopposed for a Stanislaus County supervisor seat.