LOS ANGELES - Following two days of intense campaigning by candidates in the two most competitive statewide primary contests, delegates at the California Democratic Party convention reached no consensus Saturday on either race, issuing no endorsement for controller or secretary of state.
The campaigns had been at the center of delegate activity in Los Angeles, with a dispute about whether delegates should make any endorsement and, if so, who. The party chairman, John Burton, had recommended that candidates not seek an endorsement. His advice was ignored.
After balloting concluded Saturday, the party announced no endorsement had been reached.
"At the end of the day, we stand united as a party, dedicated to making our elections more inclusive and our democracy stronger," state Sen. Leland Yee, one of three Democrats running for secretary of state, said on Twitter.
He is competing in the race against former California Common Cause official Derek Cressman and state Sen. Alex Padilla.
The race for controller features Betty Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.
PHOTO: State Sen. Leland Yee works the crowd at the California Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles on March 7, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/David Siders
EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was updated to expand on John Burton's position.