In early election results Tuesday night, Carol Liu was leading in the 21st state Senate District, while Assemblyman Bob Huff was ahead in the 29th District.
Liu, a Democrat and former Assemblywoman from La Caada Flintridge, was challenged by Republican Teddy Choi, a real estate agent from Pasadena, and Libertarian candidate Steve Myers, a computer programmer from Los Angeles, in her bid to succeed termed-out Sen. Jack Scott, D-Altadena.
With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Liu was leading with 67 percent of the vote. Choi was trailing with 25 percent.
From the Pasadena United Democratic Headquarters event at the Pasadena Hilton, Liu said she hadn’t so much doubted the outcome as she had worried about voter turnout.
“It is really wonderful. One of 40 (state senators) is a very small club, and we have a lot of work to do,” she said. “The state’s got budget problems, infrastructure problems — it’s got lots of issues that we need to work on.”
After serving in the La Caada Flintridge City Council from 1992-2000, Liu, a former school teacher, served two terms in the 44th Assembly District from 2000-2006.
Her platform emphasized a reassessment of the education system and structural reform of the state’s budget.
In the 29th District, returns showed Huff leading Democratic challenger Joseph Lyons, a medical researcher from Claremont, and Libertarian Jill Stone, a Temple City insurance agent.
The three were vying for the seat of former 29th District Sen. Bob Margett, R-Arcadia, who like Scott was also termed out.
With 76 percent of precincts reporting districtwide, Huff was ahead with 55 percent of the vote. Lyons was behind with 38 percent.
Huff has served two terms in the Assembly and was formerly a council member in Diamond Bar. He has consistently opposed tax-increase proposals, and he has also advocated restrictions on illegal immigration and government services to illegal immigrants.
Huff said he felt “relieved” by the results.
“There’s an old saying: You either run unopposed or you run scared. I’m of the school you run scared,” he said.
“We have the ability to incentivize businesses to invest in equipment, to hire workers — those are the things I’ll be working on as opposed to raising taxes,” he said.