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George Skelton - LA Times

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.

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Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc

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.

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Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc

Although California’s top-of-the-ticket races were said to be decided before voters even walked into the polls Tuesday, the show had to go on for the many legislative races at stake.

Voters sorted through an array of candidates, in some cases choosing from half a dozen or more, to set the stage for matchups in November.

With 26 seats up for grabs this election cycle, interest groups stepped up spending in hopes of influencing the competitive landscape.

Outside groups including oil companies, education advocates, unions and business groups have spent nearly $29 million, a record for the June primary that far outstripped the $16.7 million in spending two years ago.

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Al Muratsuchi with wife Hiroko and daughter Sophia await Tuesday night election results at the 66th District Assembly candidate’s headquarters in Torrance.

Easy Reader News - Caroline Anderson

After Tuesday’s primary, the race for the 66th district State Assembly seat started looking like it might be as tight as the last time Democrat Al Muratsuchi and Republican David Hadley faced off in 2014.

Hadley, the incumbent, had 45.4 percent as of Wednesday, and Muratsuchi, who lost his seat to Hadley in the last election, got 48.4 percent. Mike Madrigal, a Torrance Democrat, got 6.2 percent of the vote. The top two winners will move on to compete in the November election.

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Rafu Shimpo - Rafu Staff Report

Several Asian Pacific American candidates ran for congressional and state legislative seats in the June 7 primary.

A number of them will advance to the November general election under the current system, in which a runoff is held between the top two finishers even if they are from the same party.

Following are some of the California results as of Wednesday afternoon:

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The Daily Breeze - Nick Green

Democrat Al Muratsuchi narrowly edged Republican incumbent David Hadley at the polls Tuesday, but the two are headed to a general election reprise of their fierce election battle two years ago for the 66th Assembly District.

Final, unofficial returns early today showed Muratsuchi with 48.4 percent of the vote to Hadley’s 45.4 percent in a contest closely watched statewide, much as it was two years ago.

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Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc

Early on, California's June 7 primary promised to be an influential factor in the presidential race. Then, Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and hopes for a competitive primary were dashed.

Now, with polls showing Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a statistical dead heat, eyes are on the state primary once again.

Still, down-ticket races to which Californians may be paying less attention could make the biggest impact in the state by changing the makeup of the Legislature.

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Los Angeles Times - Javier Panzar

From the suburbs of Los Angeles up the Pacific coast to Santa Barbara and north to the Bay Area, the specter of Donald J. Trump looms in nearly every political corner of the Golden State ahead of the June 7 primary.

Democratic operatives are using Trump as a sort of all-purpose boogeyman in a diverse range of down-ticket races all over the state.

Even in districts where there is no meaningful Republican opposition in sight, Democratic campaigns are milking Trump's rhetoric to raise money and bring out voters.

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California Newswire - Christopher Simmons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Association of Global Automakers has announced Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi as their 2014 “Legislator of the Year.” The award was presented last night at a ceremony hosted by the association in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the second recipient of the Global Automakers’ annual award, which recognizes lawmakers who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the auto industry and for supporting alternative fuel vehicles.

Honda Motor Company released a statement praising Assemblymember Muratsuchi for his pragmatic leadership and stewardship of California’s environment. “Honda applauds Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi for being named Global Automakers’ Legislator of the Year. He is a bi-partisan leader looking for workable solutions to the challenges facing our state.

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Daily Breeze - Allan Zaremberg

Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 777, by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, a bill that will help ensure that California creates a competitive environment and jobs within the emerging multibillion dollar space travel and supply industry.

California has long been the home of the world’s most advanced aeronautics and aerospace companies. Recently, the industry has seen exciting new innovations and advancement with the privatization of spaceflight transportation.