Huber projected winner in AD 10

Democrat Alyson Huber pulled ahead of Republican Jack Sieglock in the race for the 10th Assembly District late Tuesday, giving Huber a likely victory in the hotly contested Assembly race.

The final vote is expected to be certified as early as tomorrow, said sources close to both campaigns, both of which conceded Huber was likely to win the race.

After trailing Sieglock in the count for three weeks, Huber held a 507 vote lead at the end of counting Tuesday. There are a handful of provisional ballots left to count in Sacramento, where Huber outpolled Sieglock, and about 200 ballots left in El Dorado County, a Sieglock stronghold. But there were not believed to be enough remaining ballots to change the final result.

The Huber campaign did not comment on the vote tally, but California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres released a statement congratulating Huber.

"Based on the latest returns from Sacramento County, it now appears as though Alyson Huber will be the next Assemblymember from California's 10th District and the 51st Democrat in the caucus," said Torres. "My congratulations go to Alyson, her dedicated staff and volunteers, and Speaker Karen Bass on what soon will be a key pickup for the Democratic Party. We are grateful for the hard working Democratic activists who helped lead Alyson past the finish line."

Huber's victory will give the Democrats 51 of the 80 Assembly seats when the new class is sworn in Monday.  

Sieglock can request a recount, but his campaign must pay for the ballots to be recounted. While it was unclear what Sieglock would ultimately decide to do, sources in the campaign said a recount was unlikely.

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