Mark Leno swamps Joe Nation, Carole Migden

leno.jpgAssemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, seems to have easily snuffed former Assemblyman Joe Nation, D-San Rafael, and incumbent state Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, to seize the Democratic nomination for Migden’s 3rd State Senate District seat.

Some had thought it would be a close race between the two challengers, with the troubled incumbent a distant third. But my count — with all San Francisco and Marin County precincts reporting, and all but six in Sonoma County — shows Leno at 43,732 votes, Nation at 29,713 and Migden at 28,184. That’s 43 percent, 29 percent and 28 percent, respectively.

The district is more than 3-to-1 Democrats to Republicans, so barring the unforeseen, Leno is movin’ on up to the state Senate come November.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.