We're calling it:
Cameron Smith (R) of Santa Clarita is your next representative for California State Assembly District 38. He beat opponent Diana Shaw (D) by a landslide.
*OK, so we fibbed in the headline. The final results aren't in and the polls haven't closed. But thanks to sleazy incumbent fixing of elections in California — the Weekly explains gerrymandering here — the new crop of California State Legislators was chosen months ago.
All 26 L.A. County races for the California State Assembly were no-brainers — only District 36, which includes northeastern suburbs Palmdale and Lancaster, was even close.
The district's Stephen Knight (R) is just barely ahead of opponent Linda Jones (D), a black school-board member who might win votes from the new wave of minorities who've moved into Antelope Valley. Jones only lost to Knight by about 5,000 votes in 2008. Their district is registered neck-and-neck at 39.1% Republican, 38.6% Democrat.
Aside from Smyth and Knight, if he wins, only three other state assemblymen from L.A. County will be Republican — in stuffy districts like Santa Clarita and San Bernardino, unsurprisingly.
In the whole of California, political experts agree that a measly 10 of 153 total races for the state Senate, Assembly and the House of Representatives were close enough to even call a contest.
Of 80 Assembly seats, about half a dozen saw hot races, while only one of 20 Senate seats and one of 53 House seats hosted any competition at all. Of those, most were in the Central Valley; L.A. was at a virtual standstill, with the vague exception of Assembly District 36.