Meanwhile, with Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez ending the recount Friday, Alex Vassar sends along the following trivia: The last time a Speaker (or recent Speaker) lost a Primary for statewide office was Bob Moretti back in '74. Curt Pringle lost for Treasurer in 1998 and Jess Unruh lost for Governor in 1970, but those were both in the General.
RECOUNT REWRITE:Jessica A. Levinson: California recounts are rare, and should be fair [SacBee] - "California should consider joining the other states that require automatic recounts in particularly tight races. We could deliberate a system in which we maintain a portion of our current scheme of discretionary recounts, and allow candidates or registered voters to request a recount of their own if the vote is within a certain margin, but outside of the margin that triggers an automatic recount. This could be a particularly useful option when the results in one area are considerably different from historical results in that area."