Capitol Alert: Democrat Dababneh wins AD 45 special election, restoring supermajority

jwhite@sacbee.comNovember 22, 2013 

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Democrat Matt Dababneh has narrowly won a Los Angeles-area special election, reinstating a supermajority for Assembly Democrats.

Neither candidate had been able to claim victory in the closer-than-expected race to fill the 45th Assembly District seat former Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield gave up for a spot on the Los Angeles City Council. After polls closed on Tuesday early tallies gave Dababneh, a top aide to Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, a 173-vote lead.

According to an update from the California Secretary of State's office, that lead has grown to 329 votes. There are no ballots left to count in Los Angeles County, according to Elizabeth Knox, a spokeswoman for the county.

Dababneh's victory once again gives Democrats control over two-thirds of the seats in the Assembly, enabling them to pass taxes or put ballot measures before voters without Republican assent.

Shelley emphasized the repercussions of a renewed Democratic supermajority in her campaign. She performed far better than most election watchers expected given an overwhelming Democratic voter registration advantage in the district and a money mismatch, with Dababneh pulling in nearly ten times as many campaign dollars.

Democrats appear certain to pick up another seat after a special election to fill a vacant 54th Assembly District in Los Angeles. No Republicans have entered that race.

PHOTO: Matt Dababneh won the 45th Assembly District special election. Photo courtesy of Matt Dababneh for State Assembly.

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