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Special Election Update

July 24, 2013
Yesterday, two special elections were held to fill midterm vacancies in Assembly District (AD) 52 and Senate District (SD) 16.
Vidak Leads Perez in SD 16
As reported earlier, the race in SD 16 between Republican candidate Andy Vidak and Democratic candidate Leticia Perez is especially contentious given its potential to shape the party make-up of the California State Senate for years to come. According to the most recent election results, Vidak is currently leading Perez by a margin of 54 percent (39,085 votes) to 46 percent (33,252 votes). Despite his current lead, Vidak has stated to media outlets that he is “cautiously optimistic” as thousands of ballots remain uncounted.

The Secretary of State’s (SOS) website results are based on 100 percent of precincts partially reporting as of 11:52 p.m. last night. The SOS has until Aug. 2 to certify the election results and announce the official winner.
City Officials Head to Run-Off Election
In the AD 52 special primary election, early results have two local government officials, Democratic candidate Freddie Rodriguez and Decline to State (DTS) candidate Paul Leon, as the current frontrunners. Rodriguez currently serves as a Pomona City Council Member and Leon as Mayor of Ontario. 
According to the latest SOS results, Leon is leading Rodriguez by a margin of 25.1 percent to 21.6 percent. All other Democratic candidates have less than 10 percent of the vote each. Should the vote tally continue this trend, and since no one candidate garnered 50 plus one percent of the vote to win outright, Rodriguez and Leon will head to a general run-off election on Sept. 24.
For live election results, please visit the SOS website.

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