The outcome of a key San Fernando Valley Assembly seat that would allow California Democrats to reclaim a two-thirds majority remained in doubt this morning, according to preliminary returns reported by the secretary of state's office..
Democrat Matt Dababneh was hanging on to a thin lead, 13,309 to 13,136, over Republican Susan Shelley with all 100 precincts in the 45th Assembly District reporting in Tuesday's special election. Late absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted.
An election victory by Dababneh would ensure that Assembly Democrats will enter the 2014 legislative session with their supermajority back in place. The candidates are vying for the seat left vacant after former Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield won election to the Los Angeles City Council.
After the 2012 election gave Democrats an historic two-thirds majority, empowering them to raise taxes and place measures on the ballot without Republican assent, a series of departures left the Legislature under full capacity and dropped the Democratic margin below the two-thirds threshold.