As the only name on the ballot, Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, was virtually assured a victory in the 33rd Senate District before voting even began.
With 100 percent of the 379 precincts reporting, Lara had 80.5 percent of the vote early Wednesday. His write-in opponent, Peace and Freedom candidate Lee Chauser, a teacher, had 19.5 percent.
The district includes Long Beach, Signal Hill and part of Lakewood and Paramount, along with Commerce, Cudahy, Bell, Bell Gardens, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park and Huntington Park.
Lara didn't face a major party candidate after Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, dropped out in favor of seeking a final term for her seat following Lara's entry into the race late last year.
The move was seen as an acquiescence to political realities. Lara, an openly gay Latino, was endorsed early on by the California Latino Legislative Caucus, and 48.7 percent of households in the 33rd District are Latino.
Lara's priorities in his state Senate run include improving education, promoting civil rights, more government transparency, more jobs for working families and protecting the environment.
Staff Writer Eric Bradley contributed to this report.