State Senate election might be headed to runoff

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Updated Sunday, May 26 at 11:04 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The contest for a southern San Joaquin Valley state Senate seat might be headed to a runoff, after all.

Democratic candidate Leticia Perez had conceded the 16th Senate District race to Republican Andy Vidak after Tuesday's special election. Her campaign and the Senate's Democratic leadership said Vidak had won an outright majority to avoid a runoff.

But updated vote totals show Vidak falling slightly below the 50 percent mark. If that trend holds, he and Perez will have a July 23 special runoff election.

About 300 ballots remain to be counted in the district, which includes all or parts of Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.

Democratic spokesmen said Friday they are now optimistic there will be a runoff election. Democrats hold a 20-point registration advantage in the district.

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