LOS ANGELES (AP) - A low-turnout, low-interest primary has the potential to set up several intriguing legislative contests in the fall, some possibly between members of the same party.
Two Sacramento state assemblymen, Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan, were preparing for a Democrat-vs.-Democrat general election battle as polls closed Tuesday. Both are seeking the Senate District 6 seat held by termed-out Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
In Senate District 10 in Alameda and Santa Clara counties, the question is whether voters would forgive former Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi for shoplifting nearly $2,500 worth of clothing from Neiman Marcus in 2011. Among her four opponents is Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, who was leading in early returns.
In Alameda and Contra Costa counties, an old-fashioned business vs. labor battle is on between two Democrats in Assembly District 16. Labor is opposing Steve Glazer, a longtime adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown.