By Robert Haugh
The outcome is still not official. But local political experts think it’s almost a done deal that Bob Brunton will face Alex Lee in the runoff for Assembly District 25, which includes Santa Clara.
The District has a large Democratic registration advantage. It’s also a majority Asian district.
Brunton is a registered Republican. Lee is a registered Democrat and will be favored to win the seat in November if he faces Brunton in the run-off.
Lee’s finish is considered an upset since he is on top of better known and better funded candidates.
West Valley-Mission Community College Board Trustee Anne Kepner is in third. She had major endorsements and support from independent groups. Kepner raised a substantial amount of money, including a direct contribution from the 49ers.
Kepner mailed a lot of brochures to Santa Clara voters. Lee did no mail to the Mission City that we’ve seen.
Kepner is 2.5 percent points and 1,119 votes behind Lee as of Wednesday night. Lee has slightly expanded his lead since Tuesday night.
Once all the numbers are in, we’ll do a deeper dive into the race. Independent expenditure groups dropped mail and funded TV commercials for and against numerous candidates. Looking at the total spending should help figure out the results.