UPDATE: As Humboldt County issued its final unofficial election report early Wednesday morning, with 87 of 144 precincts reporting, Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman had 66.90 percent of the vote to Republican Dale Mensing’s 33.10 percent. Across the district, with 56 percent of the precincts reporting, Huffman had 74.2 percent of the vote to Mensing’s 25.8 percent.
In Humboldt County, Second District Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) had 64.65 percent of the vote in early returns Tuesday night. Republican businessman Matt Heath had 35.35 percent of the vote. Across the district, with 53.1 percent of precincts reporting, Wood had 66 percent of the vote to Heath’s 34 percent.
In Humboldt County, North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) earned 63.59 percent of the vote with fellow Democrat Veronica “Roni” Jacobi snagging 36.41 percent. Across the district, with 72.5 percent of precincts reporting, McGuire led with 68.9 percent of the vote to Jacobi’s 31.1 percent.
PREVIOUS REPORT: North Coast lawmakers appeared to be holding on to their seats tonight, as Humboldt County’s first election night report, with 25 of 144 precincts reporting, showed the Democratic incumbents leading in early voting.
Rep. Jared Huffman took on Garberville resident Dale Mensing, a Republican and a Humboldt County resident.
In Humboldt County, Huffman had 62.86 percent of the vote to Mensing’s 37.14 percent in the early results. Across the district, Huffman had 74.5 percent of the vote to Mensing’s 25.5 percent.
“I am very happy about it,” Huffman said tonight, although he said he was not surprised about the results.
He said he is looking forward to a productive two years in the House of Representatives, which Democrats appeared on a path to retake tonight.
“I am looking forward to a fourth term,” Huffman said. “But a fourth term in the majority party. I can do a lot more for our district. I can do more for our country.”
He said that he was watching the election returns across the country.
“I put a lot of time not just into my own re-election but in other races around the country,” he said. “Not only have we won most of my priority races. We are bringing a whole new crop of environmental people to Congress. … That’s really transformative.”
Huffman was first elected in November 2013.
Second District Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) took on Republican businessman Matt Heath.
In Humboldt County, Wood secured 60.59 percent of the vote in early returns Tuesday night. Heath had 39.41 percent of the vote. Across the district, Wood had 66.3 percent of the vote to Heath’s 33.7 percent.
“I am proud to continue serving the 2nd Assembly district and am grateful for the support I received in this election so I can keep representing and protecting our district,” said Wood in an email statement. “I look forward to working with Governor-elect (Gavin) Newsom, but more importantly, educating him on the challenges we face here and finding common ground on issues that can benefit the people, the economy and the environment of our district.”
Wood was also keeping an eye on the national results tonight.
“Tonight we saw what happens when all people are tired of the mean-spirited rhetoric of this president and stand up to be counted,” Wood said. “I hope that the seats we flipped in the House of Representatives will provide a much-needed check on Trump and his chaotic policies and move in the direction of restoring our values and leadership in the world.”
Wood was first elected to the Assembly in 2014.
North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) faced a fellow Democrat in his race, Veronica “Roni” Jacobi.
In Humboldt County, McGuire earned 64.95 percent of the vote in preliminary results with Jacobi snagging 35.05 percent. Across the district, the race was much closer, with McGuire 51.7 percent of the vote to Jacobi’s 48.3 percent.
“Working for and with hard-working folks of the North Coast has been the honor of my lifetime. Words alone cannot express my deep appreciation for their support,” McGuire said in an emailed statement. “North Coast voters have sent a strong message that the best way to resist the dangerous policies of President Trump is to make California stronger. Tonight, we’re going to thank the hundreds of volunteers and neighbors who made this win possible. Tomorrow morning, we get back to work.”
McGuire took office in 2014.