Betty Yee

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Betty Yee
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Candidate for
California Controller
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Betty Yee is a Democratic candidate for California Controller in the 2014 elections.[1]



See also: California down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Yee is running for election to the office of California Controller. Yee secured one of two possible nominations in the primary on June 3, 2014, and faces Republican Ashley Swearengin in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Primary election
California Controller, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tammy D. Blair 5% 200,532
     Democratic John Perez 21.7% 877,714
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty Yee 21.7% 878,195
     Republican David Evans 21% 850,109
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAshley Swearengin 24.8% 1,001,473
     Green Laura Wells 5.7% 231,352
Total Votes 4,039,375
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Close contest

In the June 3 primary, Republican Mayor of Fresno Ashley Swearengin secured the first nomination to advance to the general election, but the race for second place was considered too-close-to-call until July 1, when Democrat Betty Yee was named the winner by less than 500 votes out of over 4 million ballots cast, or one-hundredth of one percent.[2] Any registered California voter can request a recount within five days of the official canvassing deadline, however he or she would have to foot the bill. The high cost of a statewide recount works as an effective deterrent to members of the public who might otherwise be compelled to instigate proceedings, leaving the narrowly defeated candidate to make the call. In a statement released after Yee was declared the victor, third-place finisher and fellow Democrat John Pérez said, "Since this is one of closest statewide elections in the history of California, we have an obligation to review and ensure that every vote cast is accurately counted."[3] Pérez' campaign held a reported $1.8 cash in hand before the primary, short of the $2.7 million estimated cost of a statewide hand recount.[4]

On July 6, Pérez ordered a recount to take place in 15 counties, including the populous Los Angeles County, where he planned to invest $1 million in hopes that home turf advantage might sway the vote in his favor.[5] Recount efforts lasted one week before Perez officially conceded the race to Yee.[6]

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