Several front-runners held their leads in Temecula races while one candidate slips a little as election night rolls into morning. As of 12:15 a.m., 55 percent of votes counted, according to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters.
held his ground over Joe Scarafone with 19,896 votes, or 65.56 percent of the total for the seat. Scarafone got 10,454, or 34.44 percent.
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The lead widened for Duncan Hunter, running for the that encompasses most of Temecula, in the first hour past midnight. He got 3,611 votes, or 65.70 percent of the total.
Second place is David Secor, with 926 votes, or 16.85 percent. Third place is Connie Frankowiak, with 473 votes, or 8.61 percent of the total.
's lead also widened for race, which includes French Valley, Wine Country, Winchester and Anza. He got 23,310, or 50.40 percent of votes. Michael Williamson took second with 6,926 votes, or 14.97 percent, and Cliff Smith took third, with 5,193 votes, 11.23 percent of the total.
, a City Council member from Escondido, widened her lead for the district past midnight with 5,797 votes, or 70.15 percent. Her only opponent, Matthew Herold, got 2,467 votes, or 29.85 percent.
French Valley's slipped a percentage point in the hour past midnight for State Assembly District 67, which includes outlying, unincorporated areas around Temecula.
Paule got 8,542 votes, or 29.07 percent, down from 30.36 percent an hour earlier. Lake Elsinore Councilwoman was in second with 6,609 votes, which is a gain in the last hour from 21.4 percent to 22.49 percent.
Fellow Lake Elsinore Councilman came in third with 5,992 votes, or 20.39 percent.