After updated election results were released Wednesday, all but one of San Diego County’s incumbent state Assembly members appear headed toward comfortable victories.
The outlier is Democrat Brian Maienschein, who also has the most tenure. Seeking his sixth-term, he is slightly trailing Republican challenger Kristie Bruce-Lane in the 76th District after leading in all of the early returns Tuesday night.
Some 500,000 ballots countywide remain to be counted, election officials said. It’s not known how many are from the 76th District, which includes San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Santa Fe.
Registration in the district favors Democrats 37 percent to 30 percent for Republicans. Another 25 percent are independents.
More results are expected to be announced Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Maienschein knew going in that the race was likely to be tight. He won the June primary, but the combined vote totals of Bruce-Lane and another Republican, June Cutter, exceeded his.
After Wednesday morning’s updated tally, Bruce-Lane, a businesswoman and Olivenhain water board member, was leading by 615 votes.
Neither candidate responded to requests for comment emailed to their campaign offices.
The latest batch of results also flipped what was happening in the 74th District, where incumbent Republican Laura Davies had been trailing Democrat Chris Duncan in Tuesday’s early results.
She has been steadily increasing her percentage lead into double-digits, winning big in Orange County while Duncan, a San Clemente City Council member, leads slightly in San Diego County.
The mostly coastal 74th stretches north from Oceanside and Vista to Aliso Viejo.
In the other local Assembly races, Wednesday’s updated tallies followed the trend-line from Tuesday’s early results, with wide margins in favor of incumbents Marie Waldron (75th District), Tasha Boerner Horvath (77th), Chris Ward (78th), Akilah Weber (79th), and David Alvarez (80th).
Assembly members serve two-year terms and receive an annual salary of $119,702.