Parties campaign heavily in state Senate runoff 

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.

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