Soros-backed California county prosecutors fail in 3 races
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three California county district attorneys will keep their seats despite a well-financed campaign to replace them with reform-minded candidates.
A fourth candidate backed by billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other liberal activists may face a runoff election.
Diana Becton, who was appointed Contra Costa County’s first woman and first African-American district attorney last year, was just shy of the majority of votes in Tuesday’s election that she needs to win the office outright.
Soros contributed at least $1.5 million to support Becton and challengers seeking to oust sitting prosecutors in Alameda, Sacramento and San Diego counties.
Experts say the incumbents are criminal justice moderates, so the results are not a throwback to tough-on-crime policies.