Swalwell Wins June Primary; Will Meet Unlikely Challenger in November

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Rep. Eric Swalwell nearly captured a majority of the June primary vote Tuesday night, but he won’t be facing a fellow Democrat in the fall following one of the biggest surprises of the Election Night.

Republican Hugh Bussell bested State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett by just 610 votes for second place and a trip to the November General Election after spending just a few thousand dollars in campaign funds.

Swalwell won 49.2 percent of the vote, followed by Bussell with 25.9 percent and Corbett at 24.9 percent.

The key to Bussell’s second place finish appeared to be in the smaller Contra Costa County portion of the 15th District. Although Corbett beat Bussell by 360 votes in Alameda County, the total was reversed in Contra Costa County. Bussell topped Corbett there by 970 votes.

Corbett’s loss hangs a cloud over her political future. She is termed out of the State Senate at the end of the year.

Swalwell, however, will enter the November election has a prohibitive favorite to win re-election to Congress over the underfunded Republican whose brand of conservatism may not be a match for voters in Hayward and the Tri Cities.