Open State Senate Seat Heads to Runoff Election

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The campaign for a southern San Joaquin Valley state legislative seat is headed to a summer runoff.

The Secretary of State's Office announced Wednesday that no candidate had reached the simple majority needed during the May 21 special primary election.

Republican Andy Vidak just missed the mark, ending with 49.8 percent in the final canvass. Democratic candidate Leticia Perez finished next with 43.9 percent. She had initially conceded defeat but was buoyed by late mail-in and provisional ballots.

The special runoff election for the 16th Senate District will be July 23.

The district includes all or portions of Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties. The seat opened earlier this year when Democrat Michael Rubio of Bakersfield resigned to take a job in the capital with Chevron.

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