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UPDATED: Fong Beats Walsh in Run for Assembly District 28

Assemblymember Paul Fong held the lead over Los Gatan Chad Walsh and never let go.

Updated: Paul Fong, the Democratic legislator whose district shifted with redrawn California Assembly Districts, beat Los Gatos challenger Chad Walsh Tuesday night whose strong showing in the primary forced the runoff battle.

Fong carried 62 percent to Walsh’s 38 percent, or 74,584 votes to 45,765 votes in Santa Clara County.

Fong, who represented California Assembly District 22, never took for granted his incumbency. On Oct. 22 he posted this to his Facebook page:

“With redistricting, I lost 80 percent of my assembly district. I ask for your help in reaching out to voters in the last few weeks and need to raise a few more dollars to get our message out. http://www.facebook.com/events/281422268634987/

Walsh changed party status from Republican to Independent fought to win a district 43 percent Democratic and 26 percent Republican, just slightly different from Fong’s District 22 representation of 45 percent Democratic and 21 percent Republican.

The new 28th District includes Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos and part of San Jose.

Walsh ran a formidable race forcing a run-off with Fong who won the June primary with 53.7 percent of the vote to Walsh’s 46.3 percent, but the margin wasn’t enough to move past California’s new open primary system.

Mike Darwin November 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Thanks Cupertino Patch for the great election updates.
Gary E. Jones November 12, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Beware of the liberal tiger who has awakened. The Democrates who have not had control of our state legislature in 120 years now have control and the Gonenor's seat. http://www.mercurynews.com/california-budget/ci_21969396/california-gov-jerry-brown-clear-embark-more-visionary
Frank Geefay November 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Perhaps a super majority for one party or another is what is necessary to overcome tribal gridlock. The 2/3 majority vote to get any budgetary changes enacted has resulted in fiscal paralysis with no dominant voting block. In any even the voters have decided on a super majority Democratic legislature so we have no choice but to hope for the best. I feel Paul Fong will keep the best interests of his constituents in mind. I have personally spoken at length with both Chad and Paul prior to the elections and found Paul to be far less ambiguous on issues of education and the environment. Prior to talking to them I almost did not vote for Paul and had strongly considered voting for Chad based upon what I had read and some past experience. Thank goodness for the opportunity to talking to them and asking them both pointed and challenging questions.

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