By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Candidate for the 66th District Assembly, Al Muratsuchi, came out on top in the June 7 primary, but turnout, as in the 2014 race, will decide whether or not he takes the seat back from incumbent Assemblyman David Hadley in November.
Muratsuchi won the primary by 4 percentage points—4,540 votes—by carrying Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Gardena and West Carson by healthy margins of 5 percent. He won Lomita and Torrance by 2 and 3 percentage points respectively. Muratsuchi lost Manhattan Beach by a slim margin. He lost the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Hadley by wide margins.
By ALLYSIA FINLEY
July 20, 2016 3:13 p.m. ET
One optic trick Republican party leaders in Cleveland are using to present a unified image for TV audiences is to put California’s 172 delegates front-and-center on the convention floor for the four-day gathering.
All 80 seats up for grabs in the California Assembly and half the 40 Senate positions, but the interest is focused most intensely on a handful of races with the potential to alter the balance of power in Capitol.
Among the most interesting legislative races:
Donald Trump’s anticipated crowning next week as the Republican presidential candidate will amount to Christmas in July for California Democrats.
They’ll gleefully use their priceless gift in an effort to regain supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature. Maybe even pick up a seat or two in Congress.
And their chances of success are pretty good, given the extreme unpopularity in California of the GOP standard-bearer.
Claims of campaign law violations are already flying in the closely watched rematch between Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) and Democrat Al Muratsuchi in coastal Los Angeles County Assembly District 66.
Muratsuchi's campaign says it filed an official complaint with the state's Fair Political Practices Commission on Tuesday, alleging that Hadley's strategists may have illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to support him. The commission confirmed that it received a complaint against the Hadley campaign Wednesday, but is barred from releasing details of the complaint for five days.
Complaint details violations of “Independent Expenditure” laws by David Hadley for Assembly 2016, the Independent Expenditure Spirit of Democracy PAC, and its funder Charles T. Munger, Jr. by using the same campaign consultant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In a story titled, “Assemblyman accused of illegal coordinating with independent expenditure committee,” the Los Angeles Times today reported that Al Muratsuchi has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) accusing Assemblymember David Hadley of illegal coordination with the Independent Expenditure (IE) Spirit of Democracy (SDC) its funder, Charles T. Munger, Jr.
"We got the most votes in the 66th Assembly District election, 38,305, or 48.4 percent, beating the Republican incumbent by 3 percentage points.
Democrats received almost 55 percent of the votes cast for the South Bay Assembly seat in the June 7 primary election. This bodes well for the November general election, where the turnout will be even higher.
Thank you to all our hardworking volunteers, supporters, and campaign team for this win!
Onward to the November general election!"
Al Muratsuchi’s campaign to retake the 66th Assembly District seat continues to gain momentum as dozens of Los Angeles and South Bay elected officials endorse him.