SACRAMENTO: Results, special elections, 16th Senate District, Republican Andy Vidak defeats Democrat Leticia Perez; 80th Assembly District, Lorena Gonzales the winner over fellow Democrat Steve Castaneda....
* Sacramento Bee: "Republican win shaves Democratic supermajority in Senate" - From the Bee:
The Democratic supermajority in the state Senate thinned a bit Tuesday when Republican farmer Andy Vidak captured more than 50 percent of a special election vote to win in a heavily Democratic San Joaquin Valley district. Vidak had nearly 52 percent of the votes in the low-turnout election early today, with some provisional and mail ballots yet to be counted. His opponent, Democrat Leticia Perez, asupervisor, conceded shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.
The election was called when Democratic Sen. Michael Rubio unexpectedly resigned early this year to become an executive in Chevron Corp. It was conducted in the 16th Senate District, which no longer exists, because Rubio was elected from that district in 2010. Vidak will have to seek re-election in the new 14th Senate District, which was created by an independent redistricting commission.
Both districts have lopsided registration majorities, but the 16th SD is heavily weighted towardwhile the new 14th SD is more oriented toward Kern County. Both also include counties in between those two.
Vidak's victory shaves the Democrats' margin in the Senate, which had been 29-11, by one seat, but another Democratic senator, Curren Price, is due to resign to take a seat on theThus chances have dimmed for the Democratic supermajority to pass a constitutional amendment or a both of which would require two-thirds legislative votes.
Also Tuesday, Democrat Lorena Gonzales, a community organizer, easily won a special election in the 80th Assembly District in San Diego County, defeating another Democrat, and will succeed Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, who left the Assembly after winning a special election for the state Senate. Gonzalea' victory does not affect the Democratic supermajority in the Assembly but it, too, is experiencing vacancies due to other looming resignations.......