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State races take shape 

While the results of Katcho Achadjian’s bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress is still somewhat up in their air, local voters already have a clear idea of the two politicians who will duke it out to fill his now vacant seat in the state Assembly.

Preliminary voting results indicate that Democrat Dawn Ortiz-Legg and Republican Jordan Cunningham will square off for the 35th District Assembly seat, which Achadjian will term out of this year.

Ortiz-Legg, an independent contractor in the manufacturing and renewable energy industries, garnered 39,267 votes or about 44.9 percent of the total vote. Cunningham, an attorney from Templeton and son of San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham, received 32,572 votes, roughly 37.3 percent of the vote, according to preliminary totals from the California Secretary of State’s website. Ortiz-legg and Cunningham emerged as leaders from a four-way primary race for Achadjian’s seat.

In the race for the state Senate’s 17th District seat, incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Monning will move on to the general election against his Republican challenger, Palmer Cain. According to preliminary voting results, Monning received 119,149 votes totaling 68.2 percent of the total vote. Cain, an Army veteran and businessman from Aptos, received 55,569 votes, roughly 31.8 percent of the total vote. 

The general election will take place Nov. 8, 2016. 

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