Special Election: Morrell wins state Senate seat
Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, won Tuesday's special election in the 23rd Senate District.
Morrell received 62.6 percent of the vote, with all 811 precincts reporting, according to semi-official results released by the Secretary of State's Office.
Democrat Ronald O'Donnell, an attorney, was second with 15.3 percent, followed by Democrat Ameenah Fuller, a health care policy consultant, with 9.5 percent, Calimesa City Councilman Jeff Hewitt, a Libertarian, with 6.5 percent and San Jacinto Mayor Crystal Ruiz, also a Republican, at 6.1 percent.
Under California's top two primary system, if one candidate captures a majority of the votes, they win outright and there is no run-off in the general election.
The special primary election was necessitated by the resignation of Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, who said his "level of commitment'' had waned, and he felt constituents deserved better representation.
In campaign literature, Morrell touted his legislative experience and two decades as a business owner. He said if elected, he would push for a balanced state budget, a reduction in the state bureaucracy and higher academic standards.