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Betancourt, Dahle in runoff for assembly seat

The semi-official election results are in and Democrat 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. Districtwide, Betancourt garnered 39.1 percent and Dahle claimed 36.2 percent of the votes. Since neither garnered 50 percent plus 1 vote, the runoff is set.

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, .69 percent.

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.

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