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Veteran politicians vie for California Senate vacancies

Veteran politicians vie for California Senate vacancies

Voters will soon cast ballots in special elections to fill three state Senate seats vacated by lawmakers who were elected to Congress last fall.

Although one of the races is already settled, the other two feature contests between veteran politicians in the same political party.

There's no contest in parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, where former Republican Assemblywoman Sharon Runner of Lancaster is the sole candidate. The 21st District seat was left empty when Republican Steve Knight was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

By contrast, three Orange County Republicans are battling to replace former state Sen. Mimi Walters, now a GOP...