Democratic incumbent Barbara Lee and Republican candidate Nikka Piterman are both moving on to the Nov. 3 elections for California’s 13th Congressional District.
Finishing with 90.02 %, Lee took an early and strong lead ahead of Piterman, who received 9.98 %. Lee, who was the only candidate on the ticket in 2018, routinely wins re-election with 80-90% of the vote.
Lee, a UC Berkeley alumna, is currently serving her 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has also served on several committees in her position, including serving as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
She recently supported bills that have limited President Donald Trump’s ability to engage in military hostilities and has a history of voting against war, including being the lone vote against a military engagement with nations involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Lee has served as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus for two years and is a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.
Piterman, who is also a campus alumnus, is running on a platform centered around tax cuts, establishing a U.S. Space Force, legalizing marijuana and Puerto Rican statehood. He also has plans to attempt to split California into two states, implying on his website that splitting the state would help gain more representation on the federal level.
He told The Daily Californian that he thinks this election will have “ripple effects” on other elections. He said he has been able to meet many voters because of his campaign and that he was feeling confident going into elections night.
“Everyone will be looking very closely at the results of every district because it’s still a very crowded field on the Democratic side,” Piterman said previously to the Daily Cal.