California held a special election to fill the vacant State Senate seat, 16th district, on May 21. Five candidates appeared on the ballot. In California special elections, if anyone gets 50% in the first round, there is no further election.
As of two days after the election, the votes that had been counted showed that the only Republican in the race, Andy Vidak, had 51.9% of the total vote cast. However, since then, previously uncounted provisional and absentee votes have been counted, and currently no one has as much as 50%, although not all votes will have been counted until May 31 so that could change again.
The new results, as of May 25, are: Republican Andy Vidak 30,993; Democrat Leticia Perez 27,264; Democrat Frank Ramirez 1,867; Democrat Paula Miranda 1,605; Mohammed “O” Arif of the Peace & Freedom Party 468. This totals 62,197, so a majority would be 31,099. Vidak is 106 votes below having a majority.
Frank Ramirez, who was on the ballot as a Democrat, had been registered as a Libertarian before he filed for the race.