SACRAMENTO — In a rare bit of good news for the California GOP, the Democratic candidate in a Central Valley legislative race has conceded to her Republican rival.
Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez announced that she had lost to Hanford Republican farmer Andy Vidak in a hard-fought special election for a state Senate seat. Spending in the contest topped $5 million.
"This campaign is over. Andy has earned the right to represent us in Sacramento," Perez said in a statement Wednesday. "I look forward to him delivering on his promises to create jobs, improve our economy and deliver fresh, reliable water to our farms and families."
Perez would have to win more than 80% of the remaining provisional and absentee ballots to overcome Vidak's 5,800-vote advantage.
Even with the loss of the District 16 seat, last held by Democrat Michael Rubio, the dominant party still holds a two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate.