Mitchell wins Senate seat; Assembly race in runoff

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Associated Press

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 11:00 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell has won a two-way race for a vacant state Senate seat, as expected, while the top-two vote-getters head to a special runoff election to fill a vacancy in the Assembly.

Mitchell collected 81 percent of the vote in one of two Los Angeles-area legislative special elections Tuesday.

She easily defeated a fellow Democrat to replace Curren Price in the 26th Senate District. Her victory will force another special election to fill her Assembly seat.

Meanwhile, a Democrat and a Republican appear headed to a Nov. 19 runoff to replace former Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield in the nearby 45th Assembly District.

With most ballots counted, Democrat Matt Dababneh of Encino had 25 percent while Republican Susan Shelley of Woodland Hills had 21 percent.

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