Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 10:30 p.m.

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a no-party preference candidate, and Democratic Candidate Freddie Rodriguez, will compete in a September runoff election.

Both men emerged from a field of nine candidates in Tuesday’s special election to fill the vacant 52nd Assembly District seat, vacated by now-State Senator Norma Torres.

As of 10:30 p.m., with 100.0% of precincts reporting, Leon had secured 25.1% of the vote, with Rodriguez garnering 21.6%, in the very low turnout election.

Republican Dorothy Pineda was in third place with 14.5%.

Turnout was paltry, with approximately 10% of registered voters casting ballots.

Leon will now face a tough fight to secure the seat in the heavily-democratic district.

Funding will be a serious consideration.