Morris Secures Primary Win
Today, Jeff Morris announced his victory in the Democratic primary for California's Congressional District 2. Morris will challenge the incumbent, Wally Herger, in November's general election.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting after the June 3 primary, Morris led rival Arjinderpal Sekhon by 259 votes, with John Jacobson behind in third place. However, thousands of absentee and provisional ballots remained to be counted. Today, 41 days after the election, the counting is finally complete, the California Secretary of State has certified the results, and Morris is the victor. "It was a very close race and I was honored to be running with two stellar candidates," said Morris. "We're delighted that we can now officially begin our campaign for the November election."
The California Secretary of State confirms Morris' victory with a margin of 410 votes.
Morris carried Shasta, Butte and his native Trinity county, winning 79.3% of Trinity's votes. "We're looking forward to increasing our base among voters in all of the counties," Morris said. "This is a year when we all need to pull together to make sure that the voices of rural and agricultural California are heard in the halls of Congress."
Morris expressed his thanks to his supporters. "In this election, every single vote counted," he said. "One man told me he hiked out from deep in the Trinity Alps just to give me his vote. That's the kind of support this campaign has been able to build, and it's the kind of support we expect to continue building throughout District 2 as we look toward November."
Morris, who has helped to move his native Trinity County towards an improved fiscal outlook over the last few years, believes that this is the year for new leadership in the 2nd Congressional Dsitrict. "I've shown that I can get real projects done on the ground that truly improve the quality of life for people in just 3 short years, "says Morris, "I think that Northern California's are ready to elect someone who can actually be effective, regardless of their party affiliation. After 22 years, I think the voters are ready to have a real leader who can move us forward."