State Senator Jim Beall entered his Election Night party at the county Dem headquarters flanked by senate colleagues Ricardo Lara and President Pro Tem Kevin de Léon. In a small room decorated with campaign signs—from Hillary Clinton’s to San Jose city council candidates—a few-dozen attendees feasted on samosas, butter chicken, a triple-decker banana nut cake and cheap wine. As of Fly’s bedtime Beall had a massive lead over his chief opponent, Assemblywoman Nora Campos—he was just short of surpassing 50 percent as of last count—but the pair will have to do it all over again in the November runoff. Madison Nguyen partied at a Story Road pho joint with Viet pop singers and beauty queens, reveling in her state Assembly trouncing of Ash Kalra, who barely edged out Republican Van Le in early returns for a distant second-place spot. About 70 people met at The Plant to cheer on Kalra, who admitted it had been a trying race as his father dealt with health issues. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo declared the evening “a great night” as the Measure B sales tax won and Measure C lost. The unlikely architect of the successful opposition to cannabis deregulation, former mayor Chuck Reed, wasn’t chilling out in celebration with the city’s big dispensary owners, however. Liccardo said he got a text from Reed saying he was on the road to Nevada. At last check Congressman Mike Honda barely led in the rematch against Ro Khanna, which could spell doom for the incumbent who’s been embroiled in a House ethics scandal. Khanna said he’ll miss fellow candidate Pierluigi Oliverio, who terms off the San Jose council this year. “Honda won’t debate me,” he said. “Pierluigi got much better blows in.” At the South Bay Labor Temple, the party fizzled well before the third round of results registered on the mind-numbingly sluggish Registrar of Voters website. But unlike years past, when Fly was ousted from the premises, new spokeswoman Dianna Zamora-Marroquin politely chitchatted at the door.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly noted that Jim Beall could avoid a runoff by earning more than 50 percent of the vote. State legislative races have the top two candidates advance out of the primary regardless of the outcome. San Jose Inside regrets the error.