GOP assemblyman wins state Senate seat

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Updated: 3/26 4:53 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican state assemblyman has won a state Senate seat representing portions of three Southern California counties.

Mike Morrell had 62.2 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election for the 23rd District, outdistancing four challengers, according to the secretary of state's data Wednesday. With all precincts reporting the closest competitor, Democrat Ronald J. O'Donnell, had just 15.3 percent.

If the results are certified, Morrell will represent a district spanning parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The previous incumbent, Bill Emmerson, resigned in November.

By getting a clear majority, Morrell avoided a runoff and kept the district in GOP hands.

Morell has represented the 40th Assembly District since 2010, which covers about half the Senate district.

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