“Brian Dahle has won Tuesday night’s special election for California’s 1st District Senate seat, earning the seat representing a wide swath of the state’s northeastern tier from Redding to Placerville by six percentage points,” as the Sacramento Bee is reporting.
“The assemblyman from Bieber defeated his Republican opponent, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley of Rocklin, 53.1 percent to 46.9 percent – a lead of roughly 8,000 votes – according to the California Secretary of State’s Office. About 133,000 votes were tallied in the election-night reporting.
“Just after 11 p.m., Kiley conceded the race in a Facebook post, saying the remaining votes weren’t enough to cover the ground gained by Dahle as results trickled in Tuesday night. He congratulated Dahle, adding ‘I wish him the best in his new position.’
“It was in the capital region where Kiley held significant leads, as expected. Sacramento County results, which were concentrated in the Folsom area, showed Kiley outpaced Dahle by more than 40 percentage points. El Dorado and Placer counties, which completed their reporting around 11 p.m., showed Kiley with roughly 10- and 20-point advantages, respectively, against Dahle.
“But it was in the smaller North State counties – Alpine, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Sierra, Siskiyou and, largest of these, Shasta – where Dahle garnered his strongest support. In Shasta County, for example, the largest bloc of votes outside of the capital region, Dahle surged to a 4-to-1 advantage over Kiley once reporting reached 100 percent.”
Dahle won handily in Nevada County. The latest results are here. The voter turnout was dismal, however: Just 23 percent.