Most political observers will be watching that special election in CA-50 for any signs of what is to come in November, though we aren't convinced any such signs will exist. Gubernatorial primaries in California (to determine the Democrat to take on Gov. Schwarzenegger in November - polls open at 10:00 am ET and close at 11:00 pm ET), Iowa (polls open at 8:00 am ET and close 10:00 pm ET), and Alabama (polls open at 7:00 am ET and close at 8:00 pm ET) will also be of some interest as will the senatorial primary in Montana (polls open from 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET) and the special House election in northern New Jersey (polls opened 6:00 am ET and close 8:00 pm ET).
Brendan Miniter of Opinionjournal.com writes that warning signs abound in CA-50 this day: LINK
Secretary of State Bruce McPherson (R-CA) predicts 38 percent of the Golden State's registered voters will cast ballots in the California primary election today.
Republican candidate Brian Bilbray participates in sign waving at 10:30 am ET, he participates in GOTV activities at his campaign headquarters at 12:00 pm ET, and he attends an election party at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, CA at 11:00 pm ET.
Francine Busby, the Democratic candidate, meets with commuters at Encinitas Coaster Station at 9:10 am ET, she waves signs at 10:00 am ET, she meets with voters at Encinitas diners at 11:00 am ET, she greets volunteers at her Cardiff office at 12:30 pm ET, she meets with voters outside Vons in Solana Beach at 1:15 pm ET, she meets with voters outside supermarkets in Carmel Valley and Del Mar Heights at 2:00 pm ET, she meets with voters outside supermarkets in Clairemont at 4:30 pm ET, she waves some more signs in Encinitas at 6:30 pm, and she attends an election party at D Street Bar and Grill in Encinitas, CA starting at 11:00 pm ET.
At about one second after 11:00 pm ET, absentee results which could make up 20-25% of the vote will be reported as initial precincts. There are no network exit polls; please don't call us, unless it is just to say "hi." (Note to Edsall: this means you, too.)
Fifty percent of the vote total is expected to be reported by the AP by 2:00 am ET.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) casts his primary day vote at 1:00 pm ET at the Crestwood Hills Recreation Center in Los Angeles, CA. This evening, Gov. Schwarzenegger plans to visit his Sacramento, CA campaign headquarters after the polls close at 11:00 pm ET.
Steve and Anita Yu Westly cast their primary ballots at Fire House #4 in Menlo Park, CA at 12:30 pm ET. The Westly campaign primary night headquarters will be at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles, CA. Festivities get underway at 9:30 pm ET.
California State Treasurer Phil Angelides votes at the Eskaton Monroe Lodge in Sacramento, CA at 2:30 pm ET and gathers with supporters for an election night party at 11:00 pm ET at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, CA.
Here are your primary day weather forecasts:
San Diego, CA: LINK
Des Moines, IA: LINK
Billings, MT: LINK
Birmingham, AL: LINK
Newark, NJ: LINK
Albuquerque, NM: LINK
Jackson, MS: LINK
Sioux Falls, SD: LINK