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The Latest: Democrat leads as LA-area voters choose senator

August 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an election to replace a state senator who resigned over sexual misconduct allegations (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Democrat Vanessa Delgado has a nearly 6-point lead over Republican Rita Topalian in a Southern California election to replace a state senator who resigned over sexual misconduct allegations.

Voters went to the polls Tuesday in parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties in a special election to determine who will serve out the remainder of former Sen. Tony Mendoza’s term. He resigned in February.

The LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk says Delgado has nearly 53 percent of the vote to Topalian’s 47 percent with about a third of 412 precincts reporting.

Primary voters chose different Democrats during the June 5 primary, when both the special and regular elections appeared on the same ballot. That means Delgado would only serve until November if she’s elected and won’t have a chance to complete a full term.

Topalian will also be on the ballot in November when she’ll face Democrat Bob Archuleta.

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9:53 a.m.

Voters in parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties go to the polls Tuesday to replace a state senator who resigned in February over sexual misconduct allegations.

The winner of the special election will serve out the remainder of former Sen. Tony Mendoza’s term that ends in November.

Primary voters chose different Democrats during the June 5 primary, when both the special and regular elections appeared on the same ballot. That means Democrat Vanessa Delgado would only serve until November if she’s elected and won’t have a chance to complete a full term.

Delgado faces Republican Rita Topalian on Tuesday. Topalian will also be on the ballot in November when she’ll face Democrat Bob Archuleta.

Roughly half the district’s voters are registered Democrats. Just over 20 percent are registered Republicans.

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