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Sunday, July 13, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

All the attention given to the over-hyped drama in the 31st Congressional District contest has admittedly been a distraction. But that contest is over and decided. Now CD-31 is likely to shift from republican to democrat hands in November.

But the numbers in another supposed democrat-contest of a republican-held seat appear to tell a different story.

Looking at the outcome in the 40th State Assembly District, it looks as if City Councilman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has been executing a well-run campaign, that’s paying off.

On June 3, just 37,628 of the district’s 209,380 registered voters cast ballots. That’s a 17.97% turnout in a District carrying 0.7% Democrat registration advantage.

Of those votes, Steinorth captured 54%. The remaining field of three democrats pulled the balance.

What’s more impressive is, from a geographic standpoint, Steinorth secured the highest number of votes in almost every city within the district, on an individual basis. Those cities are San Bernardino, Redlands, Loma Linda, Highland, Rancho Cucamonga. Steinorth also won in the unincorporated area in AD-40.

Looking at demographics, Steinorth, in each of the the cities of Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and Loma Linda, outperformed all Congressional Democrats combined, all Congressional Republicans combined, and all Assembly Democrats combined. He also bested the raw vote total of Republican Paul Chabot, in the same cities.

Steinorth now faces recycled-Democratic Candidate Kathleen Henry, who has been nothing more than a placeholder candidate, in elections past.