Rep. Judy Chu is helped down from a table, after addressing supporters and media at Boteco Restaurant in Alhambra. At left is Rep. Grace Napolitano, who also attended the election night party, as well as Assemblymembers Mike Eng, Ed Hernandez and Assembly candidate Ed Chau. (Photos by Mikey Hirano Culross/Rafu Shimpo)

Rafu Staff Report

ALHAMBRA — Judy Chu could hardly keep the beaming smile off her face Tuesday night. As the results of the national and local elections began to roll in, it became clear that a good night was taking shape for the Democratic representative from California’s 27th district, and others from Southern California races.

When the networks began announcing that President Barack Obama had been re-elected, the capacity crowd at the Boteco Restaurant in Alhambra became ecstatic.

Jason Pu, who will seek a City Council seat in San Gabriel’s next municipal elections, said the win for Obama over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is an affirmation of the president’s vision and plans for the nation.

“The president and the Democratic Party have accomplished a lot in four years, so this is a chance to continue the momentum and finish the job of moving the country forward,” Pu said. “There has been some gridlock, but the election tonight moves us in the right direction.”

GOP Assembly candidate Matthew Lin chats at his election night gathering in San Gabriel.

Chu (D-El Monte) was leading comfortably over Republican challenger Jack Orswell, 57.3 percent to 42.7 percent, with nearly 58 percent of the returns calculated early Wednesday morning.

With 57.8 percent of precincts reporting in the 41st District, the California Secretary of State’s Office had Democrat Mark Takano of Riverside ahead of John Tavaglione, 54.8 to 45.2 percent.

By early Wednesday, two closely-watched Assembly races were still undecided.

With 65.5 percent of precincts reporting, Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was out in front of Republican Craig Huey, 52.8 to 47.2 percent.

The race for the District 49 seat between Democrat Edwin Chau and GOP candidate Matthew Lin was also too close to call, with Chau leading by slightly over five percentage points with 65.5 percent of the votes counted. At a rally in San Gabriel, Lin remained upbeat late Tuesday and expressed gratitude to his supporters and volunteers for their efforts.


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