Soros Blows Cash On California DA Races And Comes Up Empty

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Three George Soros-backed district attorney candidates lost in California’s Sacramento, San Diego, and Alameda counties after Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Soros and several donors, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, put millions of dollars into four California district attorney races in hopes of electing criminal justice reform-minded judges.

The judges running against Soros’s candidates won by comfortable margins. Conservative Sacramento incumbent Anne Marie Schubert won, getting 64 percent of the vote in Sacramento. Incumbent Republican Summer Stephan in San Diego County received roughly two thirds of her district’s votes. Alameda County incumbent District Attorney Nancy O’Malley also won her race at 60 percent.

One Soros-backed candidate, incumbent Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton, may face a runoff in the November general election. Early reporting puts Becton winning 49.6 percent of the vote, but final results are not in yet. (RELATED: Republicans Come Out Ahead In California House Races)

Becton will face a challenger in November if she fails to win more than half of the vote.

Since 2014, Soros spent more than $2.7 million in district attorney races in California alone. This has helped more liberal candidates catch up to their conservative counterparts dollar-wise, with more conservative judges often getting money from businesses and police groups.

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