The suspense ended early in the AG races last night, but that doesn't mean there weren't any eye-popping upsets around the state.
In Riverside County, incumbent DA Rod Pacheco -- often talked of as a future Republican AG candidate -- lost his re-election bid to Superior Court Judge Paul Zellerbach. Zellerbach took a leave of absence from the bench to run for Pacheco's job. You might remember Zellerbach as the judge who was zinged by the Commission on Judicial Performance in 2006 for refusing to leave an Anaheim Angels playoff game to take a jury's verdict in homicide case.
And in the GOP insurance commissioner primary, Brian Fitzgerald, a low-funded, relatively unknown staff attorney in the Department of Insurance, defeated favorite and former Assembly GOP leader Mike Villines in what was the statewide shocker of the night. The Sacramento Bee ran a nice piece on the then-quixotic candidate last week.
We'll have more analysis and commentary on judicial and other legal-world races later in the day, here and on therecorder.com.