It's official: 15th District runoff will take place in August

2010-06-25T17:32:00Z 2010-08-18T01:25:35Z It's official: 15th District runoff will take place in AugustStaff Report Santa Maria Times
June 25, 2010 5:32 pm  • 

Voters across five counties will be heading back to the polls in August to settle the state's 15th Senate District race in a runoff.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting Friday evening, Republican Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, the leading vote-getter, had not crossed the 50 percent mark to win outright among four candidates in the special primary election held Tuesday.

All four men will square off again in an Aug. 17 election.

Blakeslee held 49.5 percent of the vote with all 362 precincts in the district's five counties counted, according to the California Secretary of State's Office. Former Democratic Assemblyman John Laird trailed with 41.7 percent of the vote, followed by independent Jim Fitzgerald with 5.9 percent and Libertarian Mark Hinkle with 2.9 percent.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the special primary election to replace Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, who resigned to become lieutenant governor.

The 15th District extends from Orcutt, Santa Maria and Guadalupe in the south to Watsonville, Scott's Valley, Saratoga, Los Gatos and part of San Jose in the north.

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    BlameSam - June 29, 2010 4:57 pm
    Former oilman Sam Blakeslee and his allies outspent the Laird campaign by more than $1 million. That's quite a reward for Blakeslee, who authored a bill to authorize new offshore oil drilling and used tax dollars to promote it. Get all the facts at

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