LONG BEACH - Congressman-elect Alan Lowenthal carried all nine Long Beach City Council districts on Election Day, including the one represented by his Republican opponent, according to Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ Clerk's Office data.
Lowenthal, a Democrat and state senator, earned 55.1 percent of the vote to 44.9 percent for rival Councilman Gary DeLong, in the 47th Congressional District that spans from Long Beach to western Orange County.
Overall, Lowenthal, a Democrat, received 56,182 votes, or 59 percent, of his 95,251 total votes in Long Beach, where he was first elected to City Council in 1992.
The haul - Lowenthal won 64.2 percent of the vote in the city - helped cushion less favorable results in Republican-friendly Orange County, where rival Gary DeLong, the 3rd District Long Beach councilman, took 41,434 votes, or 55.5 percent. DeLong's Orange County support accounted for 53.5 percent of his 77,508 votes.
DeLong lost his own district, 8,785 votes to 9,791, while he came closest to overtaking Lowenthal in the 5th District, where he received 9,135 votes to the Democrat's 9,658, a difference of 523 votes.
Long Beach afforded one of the only bright points of the election for Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Long Beach, who waged an intra-party fight against Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, in the 44th Congressional District. The district includes San Pedro, north Long Beach, Carson, Compton, Lynwood, South Gate and parts of
Though Hahn beat Richardson, 60 to 40 percent, and Long Beach accounts for only a small part of the district, Richardson, a former City Councilwoman, won Long Beach's 8th District by 64 votes. Hahn, however, won the 9th District by 208 votes on her way to carrying Long Beach by 143 votes out of 12,954 cast in the city.
Richardson had difficulties competing in the race after lackluster fundraising related to ethics troubles. The House Ethics Committee in August issued a reprimand of Richardson after finding evidence that the three-term congresswoman coerced staffers to work on her campaign and violated codes of conduct for government service.
Other highlights of Tuesday's election:
Except for Lakewood and Cerritos, local communities supported President Barack Obama at a level above the statewide total. Obama received 69 percent of the vote in Long Beach to 28.5 percent for his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney. In other areas, the split was: 70.3 percent to 27.6 percent in Signal Hill; 64.8 percent to 33.1 percent in Downey; 67 percent to 31 percent in Bellflower; 72.1 percent to 25.8 percent in Norwalk; and, in Paramount, the president received a whopping 83.5 percent to 14.7 percent for Romney. Obama won Lakewood, 55.6 percent to 42 percent, and Cerritos, 56.9 percent to 41.6 percent. Statewide, Obama won 59.1 percent of the vote and Romney earned 38.6 percent.
Lakewood voters said no to Prop. 30, the temporary tax increase to avert state budget cuts, primarily to education, by a 48.7 percent-to-51.3 percent margin. Cerritos electors narrowly approved the measure, with 50.8 percent of the vote. Otherwise, area voters generally helped Prop. 30 to its 53.9 percent statewide win, with 60.4 percent of Long Beach voters saying yes and 57.1 percent in Downey approving. In Paramount, 70.5 percent supported the tax hike.
Each community examined by the Press-Telegram approved of Measure B, the law requiring condom use in sex films produced in Los Angeles County. Voters generally favored the law within 3 percentage points of the 56 percent countywide who said yes to the law. In Bellflower, Norwalk and Paramount, 62.4 percent, 62.2 percent and 66.8 percent of voters supported Measure B, respectively.
Prop. 32, which would have starved unions of tens of millions of dollars they use to finance campaigns and political organizing, found little support in the area. Paramount led opposition to the measure, with 70 percent voting no, followed by Norwalk with 64.3 percent and Long Beach with 63.6 percent. Cerritos matched the statewide vote against Prop. 32, which was 56.1 percent, with no other community analyzed below that figure. Labor groups and other Democratic interests spent at least $75 million opposing the initiative.
Local cities were divided on Prop. 34, the failed constitutional amendment to abolish the death penalty. The measure was approved in Long Beach (53.8 percent), Signal Hill (50.9 percent), Bellflower (50.2 percent), Norwalk (50.3 percent) and Paramount (59.7 percent). Voters in Lakewood, Cerritos and Downey shot the measure down, with 41.3 percent, 44.3 percent and 49.2 percent supporting, respectively.
A statement of votes cast by Seal Beach wasn't available from the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.