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GOP Sen. Vidak chalks up big lead over Democratic challenger in primary

Andy Vidak
Andy Vidak, center, at a public appearance in Hanford, Calif., in November 2010.
(Craig Kohlruss / Associated Press)

Republican state Sen. Andy Vidak showed a large lead over Democratic challenger Luis Chavez in Tuesday’s primary contest, a rehearsal for the November general election in which the two will square off again.

Vidak is a Hanford cherry farmer who won a special election for a Senate seat in July 2013 after Democratic Sen. Michael Rubio resigned to take a private-sector job.

Chavez is a member of the Fresno Unified School District Board.

Redistricting for the new 14th Senate District gave a distinct edge to Democrats, who make up 47% of its registered voters, while Republicans have 30%.

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The race is one of three targeted by Democrats as they try to regain a supermajority in the Senate this year.


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