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By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
May 22, 2013, 8:49 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Democrats took another seat in the state Assembly this week, but a conservative Republican won a Central Valley state Senate district in an upset victory.

The San Diego-area Assembly seat was a sure bet for Democrats — both candidates were from the majority party.

Community organizer Lorena Gonzalez won a special election in that race with 72.3% of the vote, defeating small-business owner Steve Castaneda in the 80th Assembly District.

To the north, in another special election, Republican farmer Andy Vidak of Hanford won a Senate seat, besting three Democrats and a candidate from the Peace and Freedom Party with about 52% of the vote.

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