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    There was also a special election runoff for our state senate last night, with Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D) crushing Mervin Evans (D) 80.6%-19.4% in this very blue district as well.  No big surprise, but it does open up yet another state assembly seat as we continue to play musical chairs here in California with all these special elections.  She replaces Curren Price (D), who also resigned after he won his race to the Los Angeles City Council (just like Blumenfield in my comment above).  We already have the 27 seats out of 40 necessary for the 2/3s supermajority; Mitchell makes it 28 Democrats, so she provides what I've termed the "Lieberman buffer".

    It also means I (and I think frontpager Dante as well) will be looking for a new person to represent us in the Assembly.  (Fran Pavley's my state senator, so nothing's changed on that front.)

    Oh, and next Tuesday we get another special election runoff in CA-AD52 to replace Norma Torres (D), who moved up to the state senate earlier this year.  The two candidates are Freddy Rodriguez (D) and Paul Leon (no party preference).  Rodriguez should win that one, and give Democrats the supermajority again in the Assembly as well.  We currently have 53 with the two vacancies in safe Dem districts.  We need 54 for the 2/3s supermajority.

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