SACRAMENTO – State Assemblyman
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.
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 tally. Calimesa City Councilman Jeff Hewitt, a
The district includes portions of San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.
The results will not be official until thousands of provisional ballots are counted in the next few weeks.
Morrell's win was not a surprise. He was the best-known candidate, had a significant advantage in campaign funds and he had his party's support in a district where voter registration is 40.8% Republican, 34% Democratic.
Added Senate Republican leader
The special election was called after Emmerson quit, saying "my passion has waned and my constituents deserve a senator with the level of commitment that I once had."
An orthodontist before he was elected, Emmerson now heads the lobbying efforts of the California Hospital Assn.
Morrell's victory restores the state Senate to full membership, although two Democratic members have taken leaves of absence while they fight criminal charges.