Betancourt, Dahle head to a runoff for state assembly

The semi-official election results are in andDemocrat Elizabeth Betancourt, the top vote earner in the Aug. 27 special election, will face off against Republican Megan Dahle for the District 1 Assembly seat in a runoff Nov. 5.

Dahle’s husband, Brian Dahle, previously held the seat before being elected to the state senate.

The California Secretary of State’s Office posted the preliminary results about 11:30 p.m. election night.

Districtwide, Betancourt garnered 39.1 percent of the votes andDahle claimed 36.2 percent of the votes. Since neither garnered 50 percent plus 1 vote, the runoff is set.

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The other three Republicans in the race finished as follows: Patrick Henry Jones, 17.3 percent; Joe Turner, 5.6 percent and Lane Rickard, 1.8 percent.

In Plumas County, the election office posted the preliminary results just after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Dahle was the top voter earner in Plumas with 49.64 percent of the vote. Betancourt came in second with 38.73 percent.

The other three opponents finished as follows in Plumas County: Patrick Henry Jones, 5.65 percent; Joe Turner, 5.13 percent and Lane Rickard, 0.69 percent.

Turnout for the election in the county and throughout the district was light. Only 30 percent of Plumas County registered voters turned in their ballots.

The First Assembly District includes portions of Butte and Placer counties, as well as all of Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

Notable numbers

Betancourt led the way in Nevada County with 54.1 percent and in Placer County with 46.8 percent. She also edged Dahle in Shasta County 39.1 to 36.2 percent. But the Republican vote was split, with Patrick Henry Jones garnering 17.3 percent in his home county.

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Jones also did well in Sierra with 17.2 percent and in Siskiyou with 21.6 percent.

Joe Turner had a good showing of 14.5 percent in Lassen.

Dahle edged out Betancourt in Butte with 45.2 percent to 40.7 percent, but posted big numbers in Modoc County with 64.4 percent and in Lassen County with 54.1 percent.