Democrat Cathleen Galgiani has overtaken Republican Bill Berryhill in the 5th State Senate District race.
With all 627 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Galgiani received 140,192 votes (50.4 percent) and Berryhill received 138,081 votes, (49.6 percent). The results were last updated at 2:58 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.
Berryhill said at a Republican celebration Tuesday night at the Stockton Hilton that he expected to do well in Lodi and Galt and that Galgiani would be successful in the Tracy area. What surprised him was that he and Galgiani were about even in Stockton, which has a greater Democratic registration.
“This is not a victory speech by any stretch,” Berryhill told a crowd of Republican supporters.
He quoted University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, who said that to win, you must dominate your opponent every day.
“Well, we dominated sign locations,” Berryhill said.
Galgiani was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.
Berryhill and Galgiani are both Assembly members seeking to step up to the state Senate. Both have local roots. Berryhill, who grew up on a Ceres ranch, represents the 26th Assembly District, which includes Victor, Lockeford, Morada and eastern Acampo. He also owns a ranch in Clements.
Galgiani grew up in north Stockton and is a Tokay High School graduate. She represents the Tracy area and parts of Stanislaus and Merced counties in the 17th Assembly District.
Nevertheless, both candidates moved to Stockton so they could run in the 5th Senate District.
Berryhill, a lifelong farmer, is a Republican who says he’s willing to compromise with Democrats to get things done without compromising his core principles.
Galgiani describes herself as a moderate Democrat, but Republicans label her as a tax-and-spend liberal.
One of the biggest issues Galgiani would like to tackle is acquiring enough funding to construct a high-speed rail system that would connect Sacramento and the Bay Area with Southern California. Berryhill opposes high-speed rail because he believes the state and taxpayers can’t afford it.
Galgiani’s big TV splash included a campaign commercial featuring John Vanderheiden, father of Cyndi Vanderheiden, who was murdered at age 25 in 1998. Vanderheiden praised Galgiani for leading efforts to find Cyndi Vanderheiden’s remains and those of others after receiving a letter from Shermantine and obtaining copies of his maps to the wells where remains were located.
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