Democrat Mike Gatto won a commanding victory in the special election for the 43rd Assembly District seat Tuesday, defeating his Republican opponent by a nearly 20% margin.
With 100% of the precincts reporting, Gatto received 20,870 votes, or 58.7%, according to the Los Angeles Registrar/Recorder. Sunder Ramani received 14,715 votes, or 41.4%.
A campaign official with Ramani’s campaign, reached early Wednesday morning, said the candidate would make a statement about the election later today.
Despite the victory, the campaign continues, as Gatto only has right to his new seat until November. The special election was necessary to replace Paul Krekorian, who left the Assembly in January following his election to the Los Angeles City Council.
Voters now have roughly four months to prepare for yet another ballot to decide who will fulfill the full two-year term. When the election in November is all said and done, voters will have been asked to cast their votes four times for the same seat in about six months — a process that some stakeholders have said contributes to voter fatigue and confusion. Countywide, slightly less than 20% of registered voters showed up to the polls.