GOP

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 11:15 p.m.

The Democratic super-majority in the California Senate is now razor thin.

Central Valley Republican Andy Vidak has beaten Democrat Leticia Perez to take the 16th Senate District out of the blue column.

With Perez’s loss, Democrats now hold a 27-13 seat advantage in the upper chamber of the Legislature. That’s now just a one vote margin for a two-thirds lock. Meaning Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg needs every Democrat vote in order to pass any tax increase or veto override of the Governor.

As of 11:15 p.m., with 87.8% of precincts reporting, Vidak had captured 54.4% of the vote. The raw vote margin was a respectable 6,278.

Back in May, Vidak missed winning the seat outright in the primary, when he captured 49.8% of the vote.

Congratulations to California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte. Brulte went all in for Vidak. An investment that paid off.