Several Key Contests Still Await their Top 2
by Brian Leubitz
With the election now two weeks in the rear view mirror, there is still a lot of fuzziness about who will be on the November ballot. For example, in the new North Coast seat, where voters are replacing the retiring Lynn Woolsey, Asm. Jared Huffman has already punched his ticket to the general and looks to be in good position to take the seat. However, he would be helped by having Republican to run against in November. Dan Roberts, that Republican, is currently leading Norman Solomon, a progressive Democrat by less than one percent of the vote. Roberts is at 15% and Solomon at 14.2%.
The strongest counties for Roberts, Trinity and Del Norte, have already completed their tallies, while Sonoma has the most unprocessed ballots (PDF). At this point, it looks like it might come down to just a few votes. However, given the expected voting patterns of the remaining ballots, Solomon might be able to squeak into a run-off.
Down in AD-46, Democrat Adrin Nazarian will face off against either Jay Stern, a Republican, or Brian Johnson, a charter schools advocate and Democrat. Stern currently leads Johnson by 42 votes. Oh, and toss Andrew Lachmann in the mix as well, as he is only a few hundred voted behind the other two. What happens on this one is anybody's guess.
In AD-51, Ian Calderon (of the Calderon dynasty) is maintaining a small lead over former Asm. Rudy Bermudez. The winner between the pair will be favored to defeat the Republican in the district.
You can find more close races on the SOS site.