Norman Solomon came oh so close! The Secretary of State has links to the county results. Norman came in third, just barely under the Republican Roberts, who despite the draw of a more conservative Republican late entry, slipped under the radar to take second.
Norman came in second in Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino (by a wide margin), but lost in all the other counties including Humboldt. I wonder if he hadn’t sent out those hit pieces on Stacey Lawson, which definitely lost him some votes, whether he would be planning his campaign against Huffman right now. It may also be that “rural/urban” culture divide in which even old lefties in Sohum who have listened to him for years on Democracy Now were more easily able to relate to the local appeal of Susan Adams. The precinct analysis may tell the story.