2014 California Superintendent of Public Instruction election

California Superintendent of Public Instruction election, 2014

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  California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.jpg Marshall Tuck (cropped).jpg
Nominee Tom Torlakson Marshall Tuck
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 3,167,212 2,906,989
Percentage 52.14 47.86

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Red counties won by Torlakson.
Chartreuse counties won by Tuck.

Superintendent before election

Tom Torlakson
Nonpartisan

Elected Superintendent

Tom Torlakson
Nonpartisan

The 2014 California Superintendent of Public Instruction election was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the Superintendent of Public Instruction of California. Unlike most other elections in California, the Superintendent is not elected under the state's "top-two primary". Instead, the officially nonpartisan position is elected via a nonpartisan primary election, with a runoff only held if no candidate receives a majority of the vote.

Incumbent Superintendent Tom Torlakson ran for re-election to a second term in office. In the primary election on June 3, 2014, no candidate received a majority of the vote, so the top two finishers, Torlakson and Marshall Tuck, contested a general election, which Torlakson won.

Primary election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Lydia Gutierrez, teacher, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Councilwoman and candidate for Superintendent in 2010[1]
  • Tom Torlakson, incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction[2]
  • Marshall Tuck, educator, former CEO of Partnership for LA Schools and former President of Green Dot Public Schools[3]

Results[edit]

California Superintendent of Public Instruction primary, 2014[4]
Candidate Votes %
Tom Torlakson (incumbent) 1,767,257 46.5
Marshall Tuck 1,098,441 28.9
Lydia Gutierrez 931,719 24.5
Total votes 3,797,417 100.0

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tom
Torlakson
Marshall
Tuck
Undecided
GQR/American Viewpoint October 22–29, 2014 1,162 ± 3.3% 32% 29% 40%
Field Poll October 15–28, 2014 941 ± 3.4% 28% 28% 44%
Field Poll August 14–28, 2014 467 ± 4.8% 28% 31% 41%

Results[edit]

California Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2014[5]
Candidate Votes %
Tom Torlakson (incumbent) 3,167,212 52.1%
Marshall Tuck 2,906,989 47.9%
Total votes 6,074,201 100.0%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teacher Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent". San Fernando Valley Sun. 31 October 2013. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Money matchups: AD15, AD16, AD25 & more". IBA Buzz. 31 January 2014. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Former Villaraigosa associate to challenge state Supt. Torlakson". The Huffington Post. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Statement of Vote June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Statement of Vote November 4, 2014, General Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved December 30, 2014.

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