ANCA-WR-Endorsed Newsom, De Leon Advance to General Elections

Gavin Newsom (left) and Kevin de Leon advanced to the November General Elections

Gavin Newsom (left) and Kevin de Leon advanced to the November General Elections

LOS ANGELES—California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and former State Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, both endorsed by the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region, in the governor and US Senate race respectively advanced to the November general elections after votes were counted in Tuesday’s California Primary Elections.

The top two vote recipients in the California State Primary, dubbed in some circles as a “jungle primary,” advance to the general elections.

Newsom, who received the 33 percent of the votes, will face off against Republican businessman John Cox in the November general election for California’s governorship. Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa got 13 percent of the vote and did not qualify to advance to the general elections.

State Senator de Leon, receiving 11 percent of the votes, will have to beat incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein in the US Senate race in November.

“As we closely followed the results of the 2018 primary elections, we were gratified to see that nearly every one of our endorsed candidates will proceed to the general elections in November of this year. We congratulate each of them and will continue to work closely with campaigns whose candidates share our concerns. The collective potential of our community to effectuate outcomes and influence policy can only be harnessed through our focused and active engagement in the electoral process, and for this reason, our HyeVotes initiative will continue to ensure that our community members register and get out the vote,” said Nora Hovespian, Esq., the chairperson of the ANCA-WR.

All but one of the ANCA-WR-endorsed candidates advanced to the November General Elections.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Newsom is against every conservative value there is. Armenians are by nature conservative whether they admit it or not. By endorsing this ultra-liberal the ANCA is actually working against Armenian interests in regard to familial and cultural values.

    Vote John Cox in November general elections!

    • KEVORK said:

      I agree, vote for someone who can keep his promises . We tried the liberals for years with no result. Let’s give the others a chance

  2. Hagop said:

    The ANCA is going down the WRONG PATH by endorsing these HIGH TAXES candidates. Gavin “Gruesome” Newson is a left-wing NUT who will DESTROY CALIFORNIA. Look at San Francisco right now: homeless everywhere, drug needles everywhere, human feces everywhere. California is going to be a THIRD WORLD STATE with Newson and De Leon (another nitwit) as its leaders.


    • KEVORK said:

      I agree , Newson and De Leon do not CARE about us ,all they want is our votes . They are laughing at us all the way to the voting booths

  3. KEVORK said:

    Why in the world are we endorsing these ultra left wing. If it because of their “support of the Armenian Genocide”, then all these years these politicians have supported our causes, they have absolutely shown no results.

  4. KEVORK said:

    These politicians will say anything to get our vote , but all they give us is lip service . Adam Schiff , after all the support he got from us could not convince Obama to accept the Armenian Genocide, or did he try hard enough NOT

  5. Grigor said:

    Thank you, Asbarez, for printing the above comments!
    I, too, wholeheartedly agree with both “State of Emergency” and Hagop. I also need to state that there are many American Armenians who share the same sentiment and position about the issues, and their (our) numbers are growing. Maybe it is time for ANCA to take this reality into consideration if it doesn’t want to alienate itself from the community.