Actually, Gatto's election was a bit unusual. The Democrat's name appeared twice on Tuesday's ballot: once as a candidate in the 43rd Assembly District's special election runoff to replace Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, who was elected to the Los Angeles City Council earlier this year, and the second time as a primary candidate for the very same seat. (Yeah, it's complicated. Just trust us, Gatto is an assemblyman now).
Tuesday was a fair day for lawyers running for state offices. Attorneys won primaries in races for governor, secretary of state, attorney general (obviously), treasurer, controller and insurance commissioner. Most of those are Democrats.
In legislative races, 19 attorneys secured their parties' nominations. About 10 of those have a strong chance of winning in the November general election. That will be welcome news for the Capitol bar, whose numbers have been slipping in recent years.