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Assemblyman Morrell wins election for Senate seat

Assemblyman Morrell wins election for Senate seat

SACRAMENTO – State Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) won a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant seat in the state Senate, receiving 62.6% of the vote against four other candidates and therefore avoiding a runoff in June.

With all precincts reporting, the unofficial election night tally saw Morrell run away with the contest for the 23rd Senate District seat vacated late last year when Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) abruptly resigned.

Democrat educator/author Ronald J. O’Donnell of Highland finished a distant second Tuesday with 15.3% of the vote, followed by Democrat and government consultant Ameenah Fuller of Rancho Cucamonga, who took 9.5% of the...