Analysis: Hometown candidates did well with their voters


Picks by precinct: An interactive map showing how the candidates fared in each Palo Alto precinct

In the race for a seat in the 24th Assembly District, Palo Alto voters overwhelmingly chose the two local candidates: City Councilman Marc Berman and patent attorney Vicki Veenker. In some precincts, the two received virtually the same number of votes (in the precinct near the retirement community of Channing House, for instance, Berman won 158 votes to 156). In others, the spread was a few dozen votes. In almost all cases, each of them received far more votes than any of the other six candidates.

One exception was the precinct at Stanford University, where he beat Veenker 188 votes to 124 votes. Menlo Park Councilman Peter Ohtaki received 136 votes in this precinct, far more than in anywhere else in Palo Alto. Not surprisingly, he did far better on his home turf in San Mateo County, where he received 26.4 percent of the vote, second only to Berman's 31.23 percent and well ahead of Veenker's 19.8 percent. But even though he commanded a lead of more than 1,000 votes over Veenker in San Mateo County, her dominant performance in many of the Santa Clara County precincts helped her expand her edge as Election Night progressed.

Ohtaki also did well in some parts of Santa Clara County, including in several precincts in Los Altos Hills. In one precinct, he received 161 votes, well ahead of Berman's 122 and Veenker's 75. In another Los Altos Hills precinct, the lone Republican in the race received 128 votes, compared to 59 and 73 that went to Berman and Veenker, respectively.

In Santa Clara County's Mountain View precincts, Mike Kasperzak held his own, winning more votes than any other candidate. The Mountain View city councilman received 2,553 votes in his hometown, while Veenker and Berman trailed with a virtually even total of 2,197 and 2,171 votes, respectively. His council colleague, John Inks, the lone Libertarian in the race, received 888 votes in Mountain View.

Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang also had his best showing in his hometown, receiving 126 votes in one of the three Cupertino precincts that are located in the 24th district. Even there, however, he trailed Berman, who received 137. Chang trailed heavily in most other precincts, despite his success in campaign fundraising, and finished a distant fifth overall, behind Berman, Veenker, Ohtaki and Kasperzak.

Election results are still considered unofficial until provisional and last-minute Vote by Mail ballots have been counted.

• View the current tabulation of county results at


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