Virginia Bass posts first win by chance! Klein also! Random Alphabet ballot placement explained.
The California Secretary of State office had its 2014 random alphabet drawing on who would go where on the ballot. In accordance with Elections Code section 13111, the names of candidates on the ballot are arranged based on the randomized alphabet. So by the luck of the draw, Virginia Bass has the 1st spot on the ballot. This usually gives a candidate a 5% "boost" from voters who just go line item. I know it doesn't sound fair, but that is pretty much tried and true nation wide. As far as the DA's race, there is a rotation of Supervisorial Districts so no one has this advantage County wide. Arnie Klein garnered the 1st district top spot, Firpo the 2nd, Fleming the 3rd, Dollison the 4th and Klein again for the 5th since there are four candidates. But Klein's campaign did not turn in a campaign statement, which is virtually a death sentence to any chance of victory.