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Baca Still Victorious Over Brown

September 25, 1999

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) _ Final results of a special election have confirmed that state Sen. Joe Baca did edge out the widow of Rep. George E. Brown Jr. to advance to a runoff election that will determine who will win Brown’s seat.

Results released Friday by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters showed Baca getting 31.5 percent of the primary vote, and Marta Macias Brown coming up short with only 30.2 percent.

None of the nine candidates in Tuesday’s race received more than 50 percent of the vote. The results mean that Baca, who received the greatest percentage of any Democrat, will now go on to run in a general election Nov. 16 against three other candidates.

Mrs. Brown issued a written statement Friday after refusing to concede Tuesday night.

She didn’t outright endorse Baca, but said she looked forward to November and ``can see Democratic forces unifying to hold this seat, and I support that effort.″

Mrs. Brown’s husband died July 15 at age 79. He was the longest-serving congressman in California history, holding the seat since 1972.

In November, Baca will face Republican Party candidate Elia Pirozzi, Reform Party candidate Rick Simon and Libertarian Party candidate John Ballard.

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