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Incumbents Limón and Cunningham Coast to Victory in State Assembly Races

Both incumbents crushed their opponents in re-election bids

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Assemblywoman Monique Limón was all smiles Tuesday at her election-night party, as she was coasting to a re-election victory in the 37th state Assembly District race. (JC Corliss / Noozhawk photo)

This story was last updated at 1:18 a.m.

First-term incumbent Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, was crushing her opponent Tuesday night in the race to represent the 37th state Assembly District.

With almost 96 percent of precincts reporting, voters in the district, which encompasses most of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County, were supporting Limón with 79.7 percent of the vote.

Her opponent, Ventura resident David L. Norrdin, a fellow Democrat, managed only 20.3 percent. 

"I'm excited," Limón said of the election night results. "It's an honor that the community has re-elected me to go back to Sacramento to represent them."

Limón was elected to the Assembly seat in 2016, and she’s a former Santa Barbara Unified School District board member.

Norrdin is listed as a retail salesperson on the ballot.

This is the second consecutive year that no Republican candidates filed to run for the 37th District seat.

Meanwhile, voters in the 35th State Assembly District were easily re-electing Republican incumbent Jordan Cunningham, who was leading early results in the race with fellow San Luis Obispo County resident Bill Ostrander, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016.

Cunningham had 60.4 percent of the vote and Ostrander had 39.6 percent shortly after 8 p.m., according to early Tuesday night results.

Cunningham is listed as a small businessman on the ballot, and Ostrander is listed as a farmer and nonprofit director.

District 35 covers all of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County, including the Santa Maria and Lompoc valleys.

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Supporter Geoff Auslen, left, cheers with Jordan Cunningham as the first election results in the 35th District Assembly face are revealed at Republican Headquarters in Atascadero. Cunningham easily won re-election. (David Middlecamp / San Luis Obispo Tribune photo)

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