Five vacancies filled in Tuesday's special elections

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February 16, 2011

By Tyler Millhouse

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Three states-- Georgia, Minnesota, and California -- held special elections on February 15, 2011 to fill 5 vacant state legislative seats. Another state, South Carolina, held a special election primary. Three seats were previously held by Republicans, and two by Democrats. Each party retained control of its seats on Tuesday.

  • In Georgia's 178th House District, Chad Nimmer (R) defeated four other candidates in the special election. Despite the large field of contenders, Nimmer still earned more than 50% of the vote, avoiding a runoff election. Nimmer will replace Mark Williams (R) who was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.[2]
  • In California's 28th Senate District, Ted Lieu (D) defeated a field of seven other contenders, receiving more than 50% of the vote and avoiding a runoff. Lieu will replace the late Senator Jenny Oropeza (D) who died on October 20, 2010. Her name remained on the ballot and she was re-elected in November 2010, creating a vacancy.[4]
  • In South Carolina's 64th House District, Kevin Johnson (D) and Walter Sanders (R) were selected in the special election primary. They will face one another on April 5, 2011.[5]

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