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Race Is Back On For State Senate Seat

An unexpected development from Tuesday's special election. The fate the state senate seat for the 16th district is up in the air.
An unexpected development from Tuesday's special election.

The fate the state senate seat for the 16th district is up in the air.

Republican candidate Andy Vidak still leads the race by 49.8 percent, over Democrat Leticia Perez.

But if those numbers hold – it’s not enough to avoid a run-off election.

CBS 47’s Lemor Abrams is live with what it means for voters.

After Tuesday's special election, it appeared Republican Andy Vidak had secured the 16th state senate seat.

But as the week wore on, and more uncounted ballots where tabulated his lead shrank.

He's still ahead of Democrat Leticia Perez, but he's now below the 50% plus one threshold needed to avoid a run off election.

Which is good news for Perez.

“We are excited about continuing that message, talking to more voters, being at the door of every single voter that we could possibly get to. It's a very exciting time as you can imagine,” Perez said Friday.

While Perez plans to hit the campaign trail in Fresno Saturday morning,

While Perez plans to hit the campaign trail in Fresno Saturday morning,

Vidak declines to comment on his plan moving forward, because the numbers could change back again by Tuesday.

But for now, Fresno County Clerk Brandi Orth says a runoff is possible.

If it happens, it’ll take place in July and it'll be expensive.

“This election runs Fresno county about $500-600,000; so if we do this again in July that's the number that we'll be looking at,” said Orth.

CBS47 Political Analyst Don Larson says voters should expect to be pounded with more ads on TV, radio, and mail.

“There's going to be volatile campaigning going on because the democrats want to maintain the super majority that they have in the California legislature and every single senator is important to maintain that level of control,” said Larson.

Vidak wants to reduce taxes and regulations.

Perez wants to boost the minimum wage.

They have another opportunity to reach voters like Fresno voter Dorthy Partida who wasn't sure the first time around.

“I'm glad they're gonna redo it, because at least it's even now. I wasn't sure what was going to happen,” said Partida.

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