As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Pombo, a seven-term Tracy Republican, handily fended off his opponent Paul "Pete" McCloskey, receiving 62.3 percent of the primary vote. McCloskey received 32 percent. It was regarded the toughest primary yet for Pombo, who managed to stave off McCloskey, a former Bay Area congressman who moved from Yolo County to Lodi to unseat Pombo.
Meanwhile, Democrats are sure to continue its criticisms of Pombo's environmental record. McNerney won 52.6 percent of the vote, easily beating his two main opponents, Steve Filson and Steve Thomas.
Results of who won four seats on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors were more tight. With six candidates running, Sarah Palmer led the vote with 18.8 percent, followed by John Greci at 18.7 percent. Chris Moore and Georgean Vonheeder took up the rear with 15.8 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively.
Bill Stevens and Steve Kalthoff sat in the middle, each with 17 percent of the vote. Stevens, Kalthoff and Greci are incumbents seeking another term.
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