Open and pending legislative races in California

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Open seats in the state Senate and Assembly at a glance:

Number of votes needed for a two-thirds supermajority:

— Assembly: 54

— Senate: 27

Partisan split after the November 2012 election:

— Assembly: 55 Democrats and 25 Republicans

— Senate: 29 Democrats and 11 Republicans

Partisan split as of March 11:

— Assembly: 55 Democrats and 25 Republicans

— Senate: 26 Democrats, 11 Republicans, three vacancies

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Tuesday's special primary election:

If no candidate wins a simple majority of the vote, a May 14 special general election will be held between the top two vote-getters. The district lines date from before the 2010 census because both incumbents resigned in the middle of their four-year terms.

— 32nd Senate District: Vacancy created when Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, resigned to take a seat in Congress. The district includes southwestern San Bernardino County and Pomona in Los Angeles County. Voter registration: 50 percent Democrat; 28 percent Republican; 18 percent no party preference. Democratic candidates are Ontario City Councilman Paul Vincent Avila; retired teacher Joanne Gilbert of Rialto; Assemblywoman Norma Torres of Pomona; San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker of Chino. Republicans are Ontario Mayor Paul Leon and Pomona Planning Commissioner Kenny Noble.

— 40th Senate District: Vacancy created when Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, resigned to take a seat in Congress. The district includes Imperial County, southeast Riverside County and portions of San Diego County. Voter registration: 47 percent Democrat; 28 percent Republican; 21 percent no party preference. Democratic candidates are Assemblyman Ben Hueso of San Diego and Anna Nevenic, a nurse and author from Cathedral City. Republican candidates are businessman Hector Raul Gastelum and businesswoman-professor Xanthi Gionis, both from Chula Vista.

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Other vacant or soon-vacant seats:

— 16h Senate District: Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield, resigned to take a job with Chevron. A special primary election is scheduled for May 21, with a special runoff election on July 23 if no candidate wins a majority in the primary. The district includes all or parts of Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties. Voter registration: 50 percent Democrat; 32 percent Republican; 13 percent no party preference.

— 45th Assembly District: Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Los Angeles, is expected to resign in July after his election to the Los Angeles City Council. The district includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Voter registration: 49 percent Democrat; 26 percent Republican; 17 percent no party preference.

Possible vacancy:

— 26h Senate District: Sen. Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, is in a May 21 runoff election for a Los Angeles City Council seat. The district includes part of Los Angeles County. Voter registration: 65 percent Democrat; 11 percent Republican; 20 percent no party preference. Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, is expected to run if Price resigns.

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