Runoff elections set in 2 California state Senate districts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents in two California Senate districts will vote in June to fill vacancies created by last fall’s statewide election.

Special primary elections on Tuesday set up June 4 runoff elections to replace Democrat Ricardo Lara, who was elected insurance commissioner, and Republican Ted Gaines, who won a seat on the Board of Equalization.

Republican Assemblymen Brian Dahle of Bieber and Kevin Kiley of Rocklin, along with Democrat Silke Pflueger, are clustered near the top in preliminary election results from Gaines’ massive old Senate District 1, which stretches from Oregon to south of Lake Tahoe.

The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election, regardless of party, because no candidate won more than half the vote.

Dahle had 28.7 percent of the vote and Kiley 28.5 percent, according to preliminary results from the secretary of state, while Pflueger was third in the six-member field, with 25.8 percent.

About 41 percent of the district’s voters are registered Republican, 28 percent Democratic and 23 percent have no party preference.

Kiley already represents about a third of the Senate district and Dahle nearly half.

Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez is heavily favored to win Lara’s old 33rd Senate District seat in southeast Los Angeles County after winning nearly 31 percent of Tuesday’s vote in a nine-member field.

She will likely face Republican Cudahy Councilman Jack Guerrero, who came in second with nearly 15 percent of the vote in preliminary results. No other candidate broke single digits.

About 55 percent of the district’s voters are registered Democrats, to Republicans’ 12 percent.

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