- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At least 11 state legislative contests will feature two members of the same party in the November runoff. An incumbent Democratic assemblywoman limps into the runoff after coming in second Tuesday. And several Republican Assembly members will face tough Democratic opponents in November. Here’s a look at California’s legislative races:


Voters in November will decide between two members of the same party in at least 11 legislative districts, four in the Senate and the rest in the Assembly. Three others will join the list if current results hold as more ballots are counted.

The same-party runoffs are the result of a voter-approved change to California’s election procedures

All but two of the districts will pit Democrats against each other.

Among the most high-profile same-party contests, Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, will face Assemblywoman Nora Campos, a fellow Democrat who is making a rare challenge to a sitting member of her own party in Senate District 15. The race has turned unusually personal, including dueling allegations of physical attacks by Campos’ husband and a labor official who supports Beall, which Campos highlighted in a Capitol news conference this week.

In Assembly District 47, incumbent Democrat Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino will face Democratic attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes. Brown has angered many in the environmental and labor movements for her for her role - along with other moderate Democrats - in blocking or scaling back greenhouse-gas and business regulations.


One of the same-party contests will be in Assembly District 39 in the San Fernando Valley. In that district, incumbent Democrat Patty Lopez enters the general election in second place after falling far short of fellow Democrat Raul Bocanegra.

In a stunning defeat two years ago, Lopez beat then-incumbent Bocanegra in another same-party contest.

Bocanegra has lined up much of the institutional support from the Democratic establishment.


Republicans, who have traditionally struggled in presidential election years, are fighting to hold onto the seats they have without allowing Democrats to expand their already solid majorities.

GOP candidates led their Democratic rivals in five of the more precarious districts for Republicans, including several where voters supported Democratic President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. They’ll face a much tougher struggle in November, however, when turnout is invariably higher.

Two Republican incumbents were trailing their Democratic rivals heading toward the runoff. Assemblywoman Young Kim of Fullerton was behind Sharon Quirk-Silva, the Democrat Kim ousted from the same seat two years ago. Assemblyman David Hadley of Torrance trailed Al Muratsuchi, the Democrat he defeated in 2014.

GOP Assemblyman Marc Steinorth was neck-and-neck with Democrat Abigail Medina but led by about 300 votes on Wednesday afternoon.

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