Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell has won a two-way race for a vacant state Senate seat. Mitchell collected 81 percent of the vote in one of two Los Angeles-area legislative special elections Tuesday. Her victory will force another special election to fill her Assembly seat.
Meanwhile, a Democrat and a Republican appear headed to a Nov. 19 runoff to replace former Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield in the nearby 45th Assembly District. With most ballots counted, Democrat Matt Dababneh of Encino had 25 percent while Republican Susan Shelley of Woodland Hills had 21 percent.