Democratic Assemblyman wins primary outright, avoids runoff
Did you know that there was an election last night? Southern Californians trickled into the polls to choose a replacement for now Congressman Juan Vargas. Ben Hueso, the Democratic State Assemblyman from San Diego cruised to victory, avoiding a runoff election with over 52% of the vote.
Hueso, with strong name recognition, particularly in San Diego County, jumped out to an early lead, hovering just over 50% all night, and never looked back. His weakest showing came in Riverside County, where he garnered 42%, almost 20 percentage points more than his nearest competitor, real estate agent and Republican Hector Gastelum. In San Diego County, Hueso won nearly 56% of the vote tally.
The 40th District covers parts of San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside Counties.
Hueso’s victory leaves his 80th Assembly District seat open, where Labor Council CEO Lorena Gonzalez will seek to replace Hueso in a special election. That special election date has not yet been determined.