Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, breezed to first place in the race for the Congressional District 5 seat Tuesday.

In the November runoff, Thompson will face James Hinton, who declared no party preference. A third candidate, Douglas Van Raam finished out of the running.

Thompson's district covers all of Napa County and parts of Lake, Sonoma, Solano and Contra Costa counties, including Pinole, Hercules, Rodeo, Crockett, other unincorporated areas, and part of Martinez. A 2011 redrawing of district boundaries put the slice of northern Contra Costa County into the district.

Thompson received 80.5 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday's Gubernatorial Primary election, according to the latest count compiled by the California Secretary of State's office. Hinton received 11.1 percent; Van Raam, 8.4 percent.

Thompson, a self-described Blue Dog Democrat committed to bipartisanship, promised in a news release late Tuesday to "keep working every day with people on both sides of the aisle to create jobs, grow our economy, lower our debt, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and make sure our veterans and military families get the benefits they've earned."

If re-elected in November, Thompson pledged to "keep working to make sure our district is a place where the middle class is strong, where hard work is rewarded, and where everybody gets a fair shot and everyone has the opportunity to succeed through hard work."

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.



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