Barring a surge in uncounted provisional ballots, coastal North County voters will choose among two Democrats to fill the 76th Assembly District seat in November.
It’s an unprecedented situation, noted UC San Diego political science professor Thad Kousser, in that this historically Republican stronghold has not seen Democrat face Democrat since the state went to a top-two primary system for Assembly races in 2012.
It’s a little more difficult, without significant additional research, to say when was the last time this particular patch of California coast, stretching from Encinitas through Camp Pendleton, has chosen Democratic representation.
Still, it’s clear that it has been a very long time since this seat has gone to a Democrat. That result is virtually guaranteed in 2018.
“It’s pretty clear from the results we saw Tuesday that the North County coast has been transformed from a Republican area to a Democratic one,” Kousser said.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, activist and journalist Elizabeth Warren of Oceanside leads with 25.6 percent of votes cast. Encinitas City Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath was second with 25.15 percent.