CALIFORNIA: In the L.A. mayor’s race, as expected, it’s Garcetti vs. Greuel who advanced to a May 21 runoff. The L.A. Times says they “will face off in what is expected to be a bruising May 21 runoff. Only 16% of the city's 1.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the election.”
The New York Times notes Garcetti was ahead of Greuel 33%-29%: “The elections will usher in the biggest change in city politics in nearly a decade – in addition to a new mayor, voters were picking a city attorney, controller and eight of the fifteen seats on the City Council. Still, polling places reported low turnout throughout the day. Ms. Gruel has emphasized that she would be the first woman elected mayor in the nation’s second-largest city, while Mr. Garcetti, the son of the former district attorney Gil Garcetti, has played up his family’s Mexican heritage” [via Italy].
MASSACHUSETTS: Ed Markey leads Stephen Lynch in the Democratic primary for Senate, 42%-28%, in a poll conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang for the League of Conservation Voters.
NEW JERSEY: The Star Ledger: “It was Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s second-to-last State of the City address, but could easily have been the first campaign speech of his 2014 U.S. Senate run. In the past, the mayor’s speeches have been filled with lofty goals and bold initiatives aimed at improving the lives of city residents. But as Booker looks to become the first mayor to leave City Hall for higher office in more than 160 years, his 75-minute address tonight largely looked back as he extolled his record as chief executive of the state’s largest — and often most troubled — city, a record his primary opponents are likely to challenge.”
The money line, sure to be challenged, "Ladies and gentlemen, the state of Newark, New Jersey, is strong and roaring forth.”
Ben Dworkin, a political scientist at Rider University and director of the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics told USA Today: "Booker's tenure at the helm of Newark has changed public perceptions. But it's still a very challenging city."
Booker will speak at a “Pink Slip Rick Scott” breakfast in Palm Beach, FL, for the Palm Beach Democratic Party March 23.
Booker won’t make his announcement of a run for the Senate until after the governor’s race.
The New York Times: “Mayor Cory A. Booker has earned about $1 million from public speaking engagements during his seven years in office, as he has built his position at City Hall into a national brand.” And this sounds very Phil Mickelson: “Even though I am entitled to keep it, after Uncle Sam takes his share and after I’ve given away hundreds and hundreds of thousands, I’ve kept very little of it, if any.”
(Of course, that he gave away hundreds of thousands is going to be checked when he fills out his financial disclosure.)