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Republicans come out on top in local Assembly races

Posted: June 4, 2014 6:08 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2014 6:08 p.m.

Tuesday’s primary election saw Republicans come out on top in two races to represent portions of the Santa Clarita Valley in the state Assembly.

In the race to represent the 36th Assembly District, which includes portions of Canyon Country and north Saugus, it was Palmdale City Councilman Tom Lackey, a Republican, who paced the field in the primary, tallying 11,850 votes for 41.7 percent of the vote — good for a healthy lead over incumbent Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale.

Fox had 9,335 votes for 32.9 percent of the vote with all precincts counted.

The two finished well ahead of the other candidates in that race. The top two candidates advance to November’s general election.

The race to represent the 38th Assembly District, which covers most of the Santa Clarita Valley, only had two candidates, but it also featured a strong showing by a Republican.

Incumbent Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, received almost double the amount of votes as his Democratic opponent, Jorge Salomon Fuentes.

With all precincts counted, Wilk had tallied 24,798 votes for 66 percent of the vote, compared to 12,759 for Fuentes, who garnered 34 percent of the vote, according to numbers posted by the state Secretary of State’s office.

Although all precincts were reporting, the votes do not represent the final count. Some voters drop absentee ballots off at precincts or vote provisionally, so those ballots have yet to be counted.
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