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Al Muratsuchi won primary over Assemblymember David Hadley by 3 percentage points

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TORRANCE, CA – Democratic votes led Republicans by 10% as Al Muratsuchi handily won Tuesday's primary against incumbent Assemblymember David Hadley in the race for the 66th Assembly district, a race that is widely considered to be the number one priority and opportunity for the state Democratic Assembly leadership to regain a seat. This margin is expected to increase in November amid higher Democratic turnout due to Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, being at the top of the ticket.

Al Muratsuchi won the night with 48.4 percent of the vote compared to David Hadley’s 45.4 percent, with Muratsuchi receiving 38,305 votes to Hadley’s 35,996. Muratsuchi led the incumbent by 3 percentage points, while a second Democrat garnered 6%.

This, despite a barrage of negative campaign mailers paid for by Charlie Munger Jr.’s “Spirit of Democracy” PAC, oil companies and other special interests.

“The voters of the 66th district clearly saw through the negativity of the Hadley campaign. They want someone who will go to Sacramento, stand up to special interests and get things done. What they don’t want, again, is a Tea Party Republican trying to sell himself as a moderate who works more for his oil donors than the people of the district. Last night proved that the voters want a moderate Assemblymember back in Sacramento who will work to help schools, protect the environment and create jobs,” Muratsuchi said.

Hadley positions and votes show just how extreme and out-of-touch he is with this moderate, bipartisan district:

  • Repeatedly voted against funding for our schools
  • Voted in lockstep with his extremist Republican colleagues against laws to protect our beaches and air from pollution and oil spills
  • Refused to support “one person, one vote” protections for voters
  • Voted with Republicans to cut Health Insurance for children
  • Opposed health care funding for patients suffering from AIDS/HIV

Republican David Hadley was elected by a 0.5% margin in the lowest turnout election in recorded California history with the aid of nearly $1.2 million in donations from a single billionaire, and has repeatedly voted against the interests of his moderate, bipartisan district.