Republican Vince Fong easily captured the 34th Assembly District seat while his longtime boss, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, coasted to re-election Tuesday night in two of several uncompetitive but still noteworthy local races on the ballot.
In other races, 32nd District Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, was cruising to a third two-year term and Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Organ-Bowles was taking a Kern County Superior Court judgeship her competitor stopped seeking.
Here's how the races' numbers were breaking down at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday:
• Fong, McCarthy's district director, had 74.2 percent of the vote while Democrat Perrin Swanlund, a recent high school graduate, had 25.8 percent.
Fong will replace Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, who is terming out of office.
• McCarthy had 71.1 percent of the vote while Democrat Wendy Reed of Quartz Hill had 28.9 percent in the 23rd Congressional District contest.
McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, was first elected to the House in November 2006, meaning he's heading into his sixth term.
• Salas was defeating Republican Manuel Ramirez 61.1 percent to 38.9 percent.
Ramirez was a write-in candidate for the seat in the June primary who then qualified to get his name on the November general election ballot.
• And Organ-Bowles was leading Cory Woodward for the Kern County Superior Court judgeship #34 60.7 percent to 39.2 percent.
Woodward announced in early October he was resigning from the judge's post and dropping out of the race to take a position with the California Inspector General's office, which oversees state prisons and corrections programs.
Woodward’s candidacy was tainted by the fact the state Commission on Judicial Performance disciplined him in 2014 over his sexual relationship with his married court clerk.