State Sen. Bill Emmerson and Assemblymen Tim Donnelly and Mike Morrell, all Republicans, appear to be on pace to remain in Sacramento. Democratic Assemblywoman Norma Torres also appears to be on a path to victory.
In a race for an open seat, Democrat Cheryl Brown has a big lead over Democrat Joe Baca Jr. in the contest for a Rialto-centered Assembly seat. As of the most recent tally, Brown leads by a 56 to 44 percent margin with 28 percent of precincts reported, according to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.
Brown and Baca Jr. both positioned themselves as moderate Democrats, and the former campaigned in part on her business experience. Brown is president of the company that publishes the Black Voice News.
"People want jobs, and they want to sustain small businesses that provide jobs in our community," she said at her campaign headquarters Tuesday night.
Senate District 23
Emmerson opened the night with a strong lead in San Bernardino County totals, leading Democratic challenger Melissa O'Donnell.
Emmerson held a 58 to 42 percent lead with 42 percent of precincts reporting, according to the California Secretary of State.
"I don't really have much of a comment, other than I'm honored by the early vote that's coming in and look forward to serving another four years in the Legislature," Emmerson said.
Emmerson, was first elected to the upper house in 2010 after representing a Redlands-based district in the Assembly. He campaigned on plans to give tax incentives to businesses that hire new employees, streamlining environmental regulations and limiting state spending.
O'Donnell practices real estate in Highland. She has supported a judicial foreclosure process in California that would require court hearings to be held before a bank could repossess a residence.
Assembly District 33
Republican incumbent Tim Donnelly had a commanding lead over Democratic challenger John Coffey in early returns. Donnelly leads 62 to 38 percent with 17 percent of precincts reporting.
Coffey ran as a labor-friendly Democrat willing to buck some of his party's positions. An educator who works with special needs students at Barstow Junior High School, Coffey supports consolidating California's numerous school districts to reduce administrative costs, creating a Bank of California and supporting environmental protections over solar energy projects in the Mojave Desert.
The 33rd Assembly District includes the Lake Arrowhead and Victor Valley areas as well as desert territory and beyond to the Nevada state line and the Colorado River.
Assembly District 40
Early returns gave Morrell the lead over Democratic challenger Russ Warner. Morrell led by a 52 to 48 percent margin with about 48 percent of precincts in.
Morrell said one of his plans for a new term would be to re-introduce a bill calling for the full state budget bill to be made public three days before the Legislature votes.
"We're going to go for that and decide to close that loop," he said.
Morrell ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism whereas Warner positioned himself as a business-friendly moderate Democrat.
Amethyst Huerta, financial manager for Warner's campaign, said early Wednesday that Warner expects to pull off a victory once the final vote is on the books.
"We're probably going to win this campaign," she said.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans hold a majority in the district. The 40th Assembly District ranges from Rancho Cucamonga to the Cajon Pass area and down through San Bernardino and into Redlands.
Assembly District 47
Brown, a former NAACP chapter leader, took the early lead over fellow Democrat Joe Baca Jr. in the race for this open seat.
Brown, president to the company that publishes the Black Voice News, in large part based her campaign on her business experience. Baca Jr., a high school teacher, Rialto councilman and former Assembly member, countered that his time in government would help him get things done in Sacramento.
Baca Jr. said he expected support from low-income voters to materialize in his favor while waiting an updated vote count. He also said a blitz of negative ads hurt his chances.
The 47th Assembly District is centered around Rialto and also includes communities in Fontana, San Bernardino, Colton and Grand Terrace.
Assembly District 52
Torres has a big lead - but with few precincts reporting - over Republican challenger Kenny Coble. Torres, the Democratic incumbent, is also a former Pomona mayor. Republican challenger Coble owns a construction firm and is a Pomona planning commissioner.
Torres had a 59 to 41 percent lead with about 4 percent of precincts in.
Assembly District 41
Democrat Chris Holden was ahead of Republican Donna Lowe in early returns. Holden led by 52 to 48 percent with 19 percent of precincts reporting votes.
"We're holding our own," Lowe said. "We're hopeful and encouraged by the amount of support we received across the district."
Assembly District 55
Republican Curt Hagman was ahead of Gregg D. Fritchie in early returns. Hagman held a 66 to 34 percent lead with nearly 56 percent of precincts reporting.
"They know me," Hagman said of why he had an early lead. "I've been all over, I'm accesible, and my voters believe I reflect their values."
State Senate 29
Republican Robert "Bob" Huff is poised to overcome a challenge from Democrat Greg Diamond. Huff had a 57 to 43 percent lead with 84 percent of precincts in.