John Moorlach

State Sen.-elect John Moorlach, the former county supervisor, took 50.3 percent of the vote, winning the majority needed to avoid a runoff in the four-person race. He had 4,600 more votes than Assemblyman Don Wagner, who had 44.1 percent. (File: Mindy Schauer – Staff Photographer)

By MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER
March 19, 2015 – Updated 9:29 p.m.

John Moorlach’s successful bid to fill Orange County’s vacant state Senate seat became a mathematical certainty Thursday evening, with all ballots on hand tallied by election workers and only a smattering of late mail ballots expected to arrive today.

The former county supervisor took 50.3 percent of the vote, winning the majority needed to avoid a runoff in the four-person race. He had 4,600 more votes than Assemblyman Don Wagner, who had 44.1 percent. Both are Republicans and were running in a heavily GOP district.

Moorlach was all business after Thursday’s results were posted.

“I’ve been working getting ready, going through emails looking at people who want to work for me and so forth,” said Moorlach, who had expressed confidence of victory after Wednesday’s tally.

He said he planned a quiet celebration with his wife, Trina, and would hold a public swearing-in ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday at Orange County Rescue Mission auditorium in Tustin.

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