SACRAMENTO — Democrat Freddie Rodriguez won by a narrow margin in Tuesday's special election to fill a vacant Inland Empire Assembly seat.
Rodriguez, a Pomona councilman, won 51.1% of the vote, according to results posted by the secretary of state Wednesday. His opponent, Paul Leon, the mayor of Ontario who ran as an independent, had 48.9%.
The election was held to fill the seat vacated by now-state Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona). Only 8% of the district’s 177,000 registered voters cast a ballot.
Rodriguez declared victory on election night, saying in a statement that he looked forward "to being a voice for all of the people of the Inland Empire, and for safer neighborhoods, at the state Capitol.”
Leon held off on conceding Tuesday night, saying that he would wait for uncounted ballots.
On Wednesday afternoon, however, he ceded victory to Rodriguez.
"I congratulate Freddie Rodriguez and look forward to working with him as he represents our community in Sacramento," Leon said in a statement.About 270 ballots remain uncounted, but they are not expected to change the election’s outcome.
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