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Assemblywoman Norma Torres wins election for Senate seat

May 14, 2013|By Patrick McGreevy
  • Assemblywoman Norma Torres, the former mayor of Pomona, has won a seat in the state Senate.
Assemblywoman Norma Torres, the former mayor of Pomona, has won a seat in… (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles…)

State Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) is headed to the California Senate after winning a decisive victory in a special election Tuesday.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Torres had 59.4% of the vote over Republican Paul S. Leon in the election to fill a seat vacated when Democratic Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod was elected last year to Congress.

Leon is the mayor of Ontario.

The 32nd Senate District straddles San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, including the cities of Fontana, Montclair and San Bernardino.

Torres will become the 28thDemocrat in the Senate, one more than Democrats need to maintain a two-thirds majority in the upper house.

When she resigns her Assembly seat, Democrats in the lower house will see their number shrink to 53, one less than is needed for a supermajority.

 However, two Democrats are vying in a May 21 election to fill an Assembly seat vacated when Ben Hueso was elected to the Senate earlier this year.

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patrick.mcgreevy@latimes.com

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