Mitchell leads in 1 of 2 special Calif. elections

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Associated Press

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 11:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell has a big lead as expected in early returns for a vacant state Senate seat in one of two special elections for the California legislature.

Shortly after polls closed Tuesday night, Mitchell was leading former Democratic state Sen. Curren Price 78 percent to 22 percent in the race for 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 26 percent of the vote while Republican Susan Shelly had garnered 20 percent.

Seven democrats and four Republicans are seeking the seat. 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.

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