In Imperial County, final preliminary results show Hueso has 51.82 percent of the votes.
In Riverside and San Diego, Hueso also tops the list.
Meanwhile, five other individuals, including write-in candidates Rafael Estrada and Craig Fiegener were also competing for the seat Democrat Juan Vargas vacated when he won a seat in the House of Representatives last year.
In addition, Xanthi Gionis was competing along Hector Raul Gastelum on the Republican side, while Democrats also had Anna Nevenic.
But Hueso, who announced his candidacy earlier this year, was considered from the beginning the most likely candidate to get the 50 percent-plus-one needed to win and prevent a run-off election that is now unlikely.
By the second election district-wide update around 9 p.m., Hueso had already hit the 50 percent mark and by 11:17 p.m. the Secretary of State reported Hueso had 52.2 percent of the votes.
“We are feeling very confident,” said the former San Diego councilman, now an Assemblyman for the state’s 79th District who noted he’s “hopeful that our lead will increase.”
When asked what would be his priority if he won, Hueso said: “We are going to work really hard to ensure that we get a leadership position, that we can be influential on the (state) Senate. If there is an opportunity to chair a committee, we are going to pursuit that so that we can ensure that we can be influential in Sacramento.”
“There (are) a lot of problems to solve and we need to make sure that we can bring a fare amount of resources to the people of our communities,” Hueso said.
Trailing behind Hueso was Gastelum, a newcomer to politics, who by late Tuesday gathered more than 22 percent of the votes, according to the Secretary of State website.
Author and college professor Gionis followed with 15 percent of district-wide votes.
With these numbers, the likeliness of not having to hold a run-off elections was surely good news to all counties which have to pay this elections from their general funds.
For instance, just in Imperial County, this special election was worth about $175,000, according to interim County Registrar of Voters Debra Porter.
And yet, now a special election for Hueso’s seat is likely to occur because if he wins he’ll have to vacate the seat he now holds.
Staff Writer Alejandro Dávila can be reached at 760-337-3445 or email@example.com