The local voting for the statewide offices in the November election was fairly consistent.

The Idyllwild, Pine Cove and often the Mountain Center precincts voted in favor of the winning statewide candidate, usually a Democrat. The Garner Valley electorate was consistently voting for the Republican or Independent candidates, often with the nearly same total votes for different races.

For example, Gavin Newsom, the Democratic candidate for governor, was easily elected. He received more than 7.7 million votes, which was 62 percent of the total gubernatorial votes cast.

Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Mountain Center all cast a majority of the votes from those precincts for Newsom, each was less than 60 percent. But nearly three-quarters of Garner Valley voters favored Republican John Cox.

A similar pattern was evident for secretary of state, attorney general, controller and treasurer races. Cox got 195 votes from Garner Valley. Mark Meuser, the Republican candidate for secretary of state got 190, as did Greg Conlon, the Republican candidate for treasurer. The Republican candidates for attorney general and member of the Board of Equalization got 193 votes each while the controller candidate received 184 votes.

The race between two Democrats for lieutenant governor was the only time that a majority of Garner Valley voters cast ballots consistent with the statewide total and other Hill precincts. All voted in support of Eleni Kounalakis.

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