Former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach on Thursday declared victory in the special election held two days earlier for a vacant state
"I have a real love for this state and I'm looking forward to making it a better one," Moorlach said late Thursday.
A Republican from Costa Mesa, Moorlach won the majority vote in the 37th Senate District required to win the seat outright, avoiding a May runoff with the second-place finisher, Assemblyman
Republican Naz Namazi placed third with 3.5% of the vote and write-in candidate Louise Stewardson, a Democrat, finished last.
The district includes the cities of Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Huntington Beach, Orange, Tustin and part of Anaheim. The seat was vacated after former Sen.