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Schwarzenegger botches primary ballot

By Felicia Sonmez
After urging Californians Tuesday morning to support the state's "top two" ballot initiative, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) perhaps took his own advice a bit too literally.

Schwarzenegger held a press conference in favor of Proposition 14, a measure that would eliminate party primaries in favor of a system in which the top two finishers, regardless of party, would proceed to the general election.

"Be a reformanator," Schwarzenegger, who is term-limited, urged voters.

But the governor found that his primary ballot was rejected Tuesday morning after he mistakenly selected two candidates in the GOP Senate primary, in which former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) is favored to prevail over former Rep. Tom Campbell (R) and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R).

A poll worker gave Schwarzenegger the option of either not having his vote count or filling out a new ballot. Schwarzenegger chose the latter.

Meanwhile, in Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) -- who suffered her own case of confusion at the polls last month -- this time cast her ballot without any problems.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  June 8, 2010; 4:11 PM ET
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No vote from Vietnamese community of 500,000 people for pro-communist gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who, as governor of California in 1975, strongly opposed Vietnamese refugees settling in California while supporting amnesty to illegal immigrants from Mexico. In fact, he works for the interests of unions and illegal immigrants only, not for California. Worst still, Brown sided with notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro demanding a lift of U.S. embargo on communist Cuba for its human rights violations during his visit to Cuba in July 2000 to formalize the relationship between Brown's city of Oakland with its sister city Santiago de Cuba.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 8, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you so much for the non-story.

Posted by: RGee1 | June 8, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

She probably was too nice to tell him he did it wrong,

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 8, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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