Although only 90 percent of ballots had been counted by early this week, decisive margins have already decided nearly every race from the June 5 primary. The recall of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky exceeded predictions from polls in the lead-up to the election, with a total of 61 percent of voters countywide voting to remove him from the bench.
But a closer examination of precinct results shows a deeply divided local area at the heart of Persky’s courtroom presence. Much of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto voted “no” – in some areas, by a significant majority. Even precincts on and adjacent to Stanford University’s campus voted “no.” But across much of the rest of the county, remoteness from Persky’s Palo Alto courthouse – and from many of the local campaigners – seemed to correlate with a “yes” vote.