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Special Election Day

Candidates for state senate spend the day getting out the vote in an election the entire state is watching.

It's Election Day for the State Senate 16th District.  Hundreds of thousands of voters live in the district, which covers parts of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties.  The outcome will heavily affect state politics because the democrats could have a super majority.

Months of campaigning come down to two people on Election Day: Democrat Leticia Perez and Republican Andy Vidak.

"We've been working hard since the primary and we're excited about today," said Vidak.  The farmer from Kings County is getting ready for the results watch party at his home.  He says his first order of business, if elected, is getting more water for the valley.

"Water is 'A number one.'  We have to have common sense solutions.  We have to roll back some of the radical environmentalism and we have to have a strong voice," said Vidak.

Perez says she's been getting out the vote up and down the district, finally settling in at her campaign headquarters in Fresno on Tuesday afternoon.  If elected, she wants to help champion a current bill to raise minimum wage.

"When people have more money in their pocket they spend it in the local economy.  They spend it in the local corner stores, mom and pop places and that means more economic activity and more jobs," said Perez.

One voter said he's exercising his civic responsibility, in spite of feeling bombarded by mixed messages throughout this special election.

"I'm finally glad that's it's over.  I've been swamped with a lot of fliers but even then I still think I'm voting for the right person," said voter Frank Villafan.

Fresno County has the most registered voters in the 16th district, with 137,000.

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