LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell was well on her way to winning a vacant state Senate seat in one of two special elections for the California legislature.
With most precincts reporting, Mitchell was leading fellow Democrat Mervin Evans 80 percent to 20 percent in the race to replace Curren Price in the 26th Senate District.
In a race between 11 candidates seeking to replace former Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield in the 45th Assembly District, Democrat Matt Dabaneh led with 25 percent of the vote while Republican Susan Shelley had garnered 20 percent.
About half of precincts have been tallied in that race.
If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will head to a special general election on Nov. 19.