Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.
State Assembly Member Norma Torres (D-Pomona) handily defeated Mayor Paul Leon (R-Ontario) to fill the 32nd State Senate District seat vacated by now-U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod on Tuesday night.
With slightly less than ten percent of the district’s registered voters casting ballots, Torres received 16, 424 votes (58.79%). Leon pulled 11,513 votes (41.21%).
Some politicos, including the California Target Book, actually thought this contest could be decided by a razor thin margin. An outcome never in the cards because of the district heavily democratic registration advantage over republican.
Governor Jerry Brown must now call another special election to fill the Assembly seat now being vacated by Torres.
Sources say San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Larry Walker, who was blown out in the primary, will not run for the Assembly vacancy.
A smart move.