Calif Dems on track to regain Senate supermajority

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats appeared on track to regain their two-thirds majority in the state Senate while retaining their supermajority in the Assembly at least temporarily, after a pair of special elections Tuesday.

Assemblyman Ben Hueso, a Democrat from San Diego, was leading with 51 percent of the vote, with about a third of precincts reporting, in the 40th Senate District.

If his share remains above 50 percent, he will avoid a runoff election and once again give Senate Democrats the 27 votes they need to raise taxes, pass emergency legislation, override gubernatorial vetoes and put constitutional amendments before voters.

Voters set up a mid-May runoff in the 32nd Senate District, although Democratic Assemblywoman Norma Torres of Pomona remains the favored candidate. She will face Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a Republican.

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