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Democrat incumbents holding leads so far in some state Assembly races

The field of candidates for only three of the seven open state seats in San Diego County – Districts 76, 79 and 80 – will be limited to Tuesday’s primary.

These three constituencies have three or more candidates each and only the two leading voters in each will qualify for the general election.

In District 76, incumbent San Diego Democrat Brian Maienschein, with more than 52 percent of the vote in the first unofficial comeback, had a strong lead over his Republican rival Kristie Bruce-Lane with nearly 26 percent and Del Sur Republican June Cutter with almost 22. percent.

Re-elected twice in District 77, Maienschein is now a candidate in District 76 due to redistribution. Recent rewritten boundaries include San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe and San Pasqual.

In District 79, which includes parts of East County, incumbent Akilah Weber, D-La Mesa, held just over 65 percent of the first results. Its two rivals, both Republicans, are Corbin Sampol with 23 percent and John Moore with 11 percent.

In District 80, Democrats David Alvarez and Georgette Gomez also appear to be heading to the polls in November against their Republican challengers. This area includes Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City, Barrio Logan and Logan Heights.

In the other districts of San Diego County, there were only two candidates in Tuesday’s primary and they will automatically run in the general election.

In the 74th District, incumbent Republican Laguna Nigel Lori Davis faces San Clemente Mayor Chris Duncan, a Democrat, in a redesigned neighborhood that now extends from the lower part of Orange County south to Camp Pentadleton. Duncan had 54 percent and Davis had more than 45 percent in the first ballot.

Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, first elected in 2012 to Assembly District 75, faces a rival, Randy Voepel, R-Santee, who was first elected in 2016 to District 71. The recent restructuring placed his home Voepel in the redesigned District 75, which covers Valley Center, Ramona, Poway and Lakeside. Waldron had 63 percent and Voepel 37 percent in early returns.

Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, has served two terms in the 76th District and is now running for re-election in the 77th District due to reshuffle. Her only opponent is Dan Downey, R-Point Loma, in an area that stretches along the coast from Carlsbad to Coronado. Boerner Horvath had nearly 63 percent against Downey’s 37 percent in early returns.

Chris Ward, D-San Diego, is the District 78 assembler, and his opponent is Eric Gonzales, R-San Diego. Ward had 69 percent and Gonzalez had almost 31 percent in the initial unofficial odds.

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