SACRAMENTO — With the Legislature in recess, both major political parties are focused on a special election to fill a state Senate seat that potentially has long-term consequences.
Tuesday's runoff for the 16th Senate District between Democrat Leticia Perez and Republican Andy Vidak has generated an unusual amount of money and campaign activity for a special legislative election. Both sides have attracted roughly $2 million in campaign contributions.
Democrats hope a win in the southern San Joaquin Valley seat will bolster their chances of retaining a supermajority in the Senate next year, while Republicans hope to thwart that.
The Senate runoff is one of two special legislative elections Tuesday. The other is a primary for the 52nd Assembly District in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, where nine candidates are competing.