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Proven wrong, political consultant runs naked around California Capitol

The map California political consultant Paul Mitchell shared in the wee hours of election night, Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
The map California political consultant Paul Mitchell shared in the wee hours of election night, Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 Paul Mitchell

Candidates bared their souls to voters ahead of California’s Tuesday primary.

When the results rolled in, political consultant Paul Mitchell says he bared something else.

California’s electoral system sends the top two vote-getters in primaries to the general election regardless of party affiliation. California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, led the pack of candidates seeking the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Barbara Boxer, raising the prospect of a Democrat-on-Democrat fall contest.

No way, said Mitchell, vice president of a prominent political data firm. As other campaign pundits and professionals predicted a general election bereft of Republicans, Mitchell insisted it wouldn’t happen. So unshakeable was his confidence, he vowed repeatedly to streak around the Capitol building should both Democrats advance.

After midnight on Tuesday, it became clear Sanchez and Harris had secured spots in the runoff. Shortly before 1 a.m., Mitchell posted to Twitter a link to a run-tracking map that showed a route around the Capitol. It was entitled “Streaking.”

“There were a couple of skateboarders” at a nearby garage but no other witnesses, Mitchell said in a Wednesday interview, adding that he tried to take advantage of natural cover and some tents set up on the Capitol grounds. “I just ran between things as much as I could. I tried to stay anonymous.”

Sacramento Bee political editor Amy Chance, John Howard of Capitol Weekly and Paul Mitchell of Political Data, Inc. previewed California politics in January. Fast-forward to the end to watch Mitchell vow to run naked around the Capitol.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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