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Perezassembly.JPG Not every candidate had to spend big bucks to secure a win in Tuesday's statewide primary.

A handful of candidates faced no opponents in their primary races, including Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. State Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, previously pledged to run for a third and final term in the 46th Assembly District but pulled those plans and ran for a neighboring Assembly district when Pérez won the speakership battle.

Pérez, who was noninated in 2008 with the votes of less than 5 percent of registered voters in the 46th Assembly District, faces smooth sailing through November. No one ran in the Republican or minor party primaries to challenge the Assembly leader in November.

Assemblyman Mike Davis, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, running for the 24th Senate District seat, also are shoo-ins come November. Both faced no challengers Tuesday and no opponents running from other parties.

By our count, 52 state legislative incumbents, including senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, and 31 congressional incumbents, faced no opposition in their party primaries.

Incumbents running unopposed for statewide office included Treasurer Bill Locker, Controller John Chiang and Secretary of State Debra Bowen, all Democrats.

IMAGE: Assembly Speaker John A. Perez looks toward the gallery after he was sworn in as speaker. He is accompanied by Governor Arnorld Scharzenegger and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento on March 1, 2010. CREDIT: Hector Amezcua/SacBee.


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