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Only five independent candidates in California legislative or congressional races survived Tuesday's vote and qualified for the November ballot, with none finishing first in their race.

Thirty-six candidates listed "no party preference" on the ballot for the primary, but most of them were crushed by an opponent from one of the state's two major parties, Democrats or Republicans.

Bill Bloomfield was one of the exceptions, winning the right to compete against Democrat Henry Waxman in the 33r District this fall. Bloomfield's 25 percent of the vote fell far short of that garnered by Waxman, 45 percent.

Other independent congressional candidates who made Tuesday's cut were Marilyn Singleton, who will square off against Democrat Barbara Lee in the 13th District; Terry Phillips, who will run against Republican Kevin McCarthy in the 23rd District; and David R. Hernandez, who finished second Tuesday to Democrat Tony Cardenas.

Independent candidate Chad Walsh, as the challenger to Democratic incumbent Paul Fong in the 28th Assembly District, won the right Tuesday to advance to the general election in five months.

Only one state Senate candidate ran without a party affilation, Bo Ambrozewicz, in the 1st District. He finished last in a four-person field.

Some observers believed politicians who shed their partisan labels could fare well under the new top two primary system, which allows voter to select between candidates of all political leanings in the primary. Tuesday's results provided nothing to confirm that contention.

One of the most well-known independent candidates, perhaps, was former Republican Assemblyman Anthony Adams in the 8th congressional district. He captured less than 4 percent of the vote.

Independent candidate Linda Parks, a Ventura County Supervisor, captured nearly 19 percent of the vote in the 26th congressional district but finished third behind Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland and Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley.

Parks was attacked in the primary by the House Majority PAC which, threatened by the prospect that a Democrat would be left off the November ballot in the swing district, spent more than $700,000 to oppose Parks and boost Brownley.


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