The top two contenders are Cristi Cristich, founder of a company that supplies electronic connectors, and Chuck DeVore, a public relations manager for an aerospace firm. The two candidates have lent their campaigns tens of thousands of dollars.
* In the San Diego-based 76th Assembly District, which could swing to a Republican or a Democrat, three Democrats are competing, and the winner probably will face Republican Tricia Hunter, a nurse who served in the Assembly from 1989 to 1992.
Republicans hope the winner of the Democratic race is Vince Hall because they can tie him to Gray Davis, the ousted Democratic governor, for whom he served as a staff director. Hall moved to the district after he lost the election for the nearby 78th District in 2002 to Republican Shirley Horton.
Many Democratic lawmakers favor Heidi Von Szeliski, a partner in the political polling firm Decision Research. But Lori Saldana, a community college professor of information technology, has been endorsed by the legislature's Latino Caucus.