The Republican Party of San Diego announced Wednesday that it voted Monday night to endorse [Escondido Mayor Sam] Abed over fellow Republican and Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, who is also running for the supervisor seat currently held by Dave Roberts, who is seeking re-election.We initially thought that Gaspar could edge Abed in the primary to make it into the runoff, but that was dependent on Gaspar getting the support of the party machine.
Abed, who has been a polarizing figure during his two terms as mayor in Escondido, secured the coveted party endorsement by receiving more than two thirds of the committee’s votes, the threshold required for a candidate to receive the endorsement over a fellow party member.
“Endorsing one Republican over another requires a 2/3 vote threshold — and rarely happens,” GOP Chairman Tony Krvaric said. “Clearly Sam Abed’s long-time and steadfast commitment to Republican principles and values earned him the support of committee members and we are proud to endorse him.”
Gaspar could still run for Encinitas mayor again, whether she changes races before the June primary or comes in third in the Supervisor primary.
Prediction: Abed will lose to Roberts in November. The county supervisors have taxpayer-funded discretionary slush funds that they use to buy political support from community groups, which makes it almost impossible for a supervisor to lose re-election.