The Latest: Dem, Republican lead in California Assembly race

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Northern California special election for a state Assembly seat (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt and Republican Megan Dahle are well ahead of rivals in the fight to win a state Assembly seat in a sprawling Northern California district.

With nearly 50 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Betancourt has 39.8 percent of the vote and Dahle has 36.5 percent in the special primary election for Assembly District 1.

It’s a giant, Republican-leaning district stretching from suburban Sacramento to California’s northeastern corner.

The seat was vacated when Dahle’s husband, Brian Dahle, won a Senate seat in June.

Republican Patrick Henry Jones is far behind at 16.2 percent, followed by two other Republicans: Joe Turner with 5.5 percent and Lane Rickard with 2 percent.

The top two vote-getters will head into a runoff election in November unless one candidate wins more than half the vote.


9:36 a.m.

Four Republicans and one Democrat are seeking to succeed a state Assemblyman in a sprawling, Republican-leaning Northern California district.

Tuesday’s special primary election will send the top-two vote-getters to a runoff election in November unless one candidate wins more than half the vote.

Megan Dahle is seeking to win the Assembly District 1 seat vacated when her husband, Republican Brian Dahle, won the empty Senate seat in June.

The other Republicans are gun shop owner and former Redding City Councilman Patrick Henry Jones; Lane Rickard, who ran field operations for the region’s former state senator; and disabled veteran Joe Turner.

Elizabeth Betancourt is the Democrat seeking to represent the rural district. It’s bigger than West Virginia, stretching from suburban Sacramento to the state’s northeastern corner.

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