SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican state assemblyman has a runaway lead over four opponents in a race to replace a state senator who represented a district spanning parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Assemblyman Mike Morrell from Rancho Cucamonga, the only candidate to raise significant money for the special primary in the 23rd Senate District, had 61 percent of the vote with 12 percent of precincts reporting.
Morrell's closest competitor, Democrat Ronald O'Donnell, had 16 percent. Democrat Ameenah Fuller had 9 percent. Libertarian Jeff Hewitt and Republican Crystal Ruiz had 7 percent apiece.
The primary is the first step in choosing a successor for Sen. Bill Emmerson, who resigned in November.
The top two vote-getters will advance to a June runoff, unless one wins outright with a majority on Tuesday.