As votes rolled in from a four-county area Tuesday night, the state Assembly race between incumbent Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) and Rob Bernosky, a Conservative businessman from Hollister, appeared close but Alejo pulled away to have a clear victory.
Alejo tallied 18,936 votes to Bernosky's 13,481.
Of course, it's more like a poll because both will advance from the June primary to the general election in November.
District 30, a largely rural area, stretches into the agricultural hubs of four counties. Alejo, a former Watsonville mayor, was first elected to the state house in 2010.
The district reaches into the southern portion of Santa Clara County, including Gilroy. For Santa Clara County, Alejo netted just under 54 percent to Bernosky's 46 percent when all 62 precincts were counted.
Santa Clara County Votes Percentage Alejo 5,037 53.40% Bernosky 4,395
In Santa Cruz County, where Alejo's hometown of Watsonville is, the young Democrat had a healthy lead with 23 of 23 precincts reporting.
Santa Cruz County Votes
63.10% Bernosky 1,414
The race was pretty tight in San Benito County, where Bernosky lives, once all 42 precincts had tallied votes.
San Benito County Votes
52.32% Bernosky 3,000
Alejo's victory was more decisive in Monterey County, where he garned almost two-thirds of the vote.
Monterey County Votes
63.47% Bernosky 4,672
For more election results in Santa Cruz County, .
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note that both candidates will advance to the November general election.