Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski and Republican Peter Kuo seemed on track to survive Tuesday's primary election and face off in November for the 10th State Senate District seat, early returns showed Tuesday evening.
Former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, a Hayward Democrat, trailed in third place.
A blizzard of attack mailers -- Wieckowski and his labor-union supporters highlighting Hayashi's 2012 shoplifting conviction, and Hayashi and her health-industry supporters claiming Wieckowski supported rapists with a 2012 committee vote -- drew the most attention from voters, but apparently benefited Wieckowski far more.
Wieckowski, D-Fremont, led in early returns with roughly 34 percent of the vote, with Kuo, of Santa Clara, at roughly 26 percent and Hayashi at roughly 22 percent. Democrat Roman Reed and independent Audie Bock trailed much further behind.
"I'm delighted with the results," Wieckowski said Tuesday night, noting that although the mailers had hammered away at Hayashi, his campaign's door-to-door messaging was positive and focused on his own record.
Wieckowski, 59, an assemblyman since 2010 and a former Fremont councilman, says his top priorities are education, fighting income inequality, creating more manufacturing and properly funding courts so that all Californians have equal, adequate access to the justice system.
Kuo, 46, a business consultant and real estate agent from Santa Clara, raised decent money and tried to synergize with other local and state Republican campaigns, fighting an uphill battle in a district that's 50 percent Democrat, 25 percent nonpartisan and 17 percent Republican.
Hayashi, 47, an assemblywoman from 2006 to 2012, might be best remembered for being arrested in late 2011 as she left San Francisco's Neiman Marcus store without paying for $2,450 worth of clothes she had put in her bag. She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor grand theft, and is still on probation.