By Kurt Gonska on June 11, 2014
By Patrick McGreevy of the Los Angeles Times
Democrats Ben Allen and Sandra Fluke will face off in the November general election as the top two-vote getters among eight candidates in Tuesday’s primary election for the 26th District state Senate seat in Los Angeles County.
The seat is open because Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) is running for Congress to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).
The final, unofficial tally on election night had Allen the top vote-getter with 21.8% of ballots cast. He is a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu school board. Fluke, a West Hollywood attorney, placed second with 19.7% of the vote.
Fluke entered the national spotlight in 2012 when conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” after she testified before Congress that health insurance should pay for contraception.
Independent candidate Seth Stodder had 17.5% of the vote and former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, a Democrat, attracted 16.7%. Thousands of provisional ballots remain to be counted.