The intent of the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission Redistricting was to draw the lines for Assembly and Senate seats making them more competitive for challengers. The lines of the 65th Assembly district created just such Republican vs. Democratic balance making that made it a competitive seat. Even so, Democrats were uncertain if the margin was enough to allow them to take down incumbent Assemblyman Chris Norby. It looks like popular Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva was the right woman for the job.
Quirk-Silva holds a 1004 vote lead in the preliminary vote count. While there are still provisional, paper and vote-by-mail ballots returned to precincts, those returns are likely to favor Quirk-Silva if historical patterns hold. We should know in a couple days if her preliminary lead holds, but if it does, Sharon Quirk-Silva will have scored the big democratic upset of the night.