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Zink, Pavley in close race

Republican Knight ahead of Democrat Moffatt in 21st District

Posted: November 7, 2012 1:14 a.m.
Updated: November 6, 2012 1:14 a.m.

Republican Todd Zink maintained a narrow lead over incumbent Democrat Fran Pavley in the race to represent California’s 27th Senate District.

Zink led Pavley 51 percent to 48 percent with 26 percent of the precincts counted.

Pavley, a longtime Democratic state legislator and former Assembly member, saw her mostly westside Los Angeles County-area Senate district shift during redistricting into a more conservative area that contains western portions of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Zink, a veteran who served overseas in Iraq, narrowly defeated Pavley in June’s open primary.

Pavley and Zink’s election has been a high-money affair, with both spending more than $1 million on their campaigns. Pavley far outpaced all local candidates with more than $2.1 million in spending, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office.

The two candidates waged a sometimes-contentious campaign, with Pavley accusing Zink of being under the thumb of corporate influences and Zink criticizing Pavley’s record on education and public safety.

In the 21st state Senate District, Democrat Star Moffatt, a political newcomer, trailed Republican Steve Knight, an incumbent assemblyman with 1 percent of precincts reported at press time.

Knight led Moffatt by a margin of 63 percent to 36 percent, or around 16,000 votes.

Throughout the campaign, Moffatt characterized herself as a “conservative Democrat” whereas Knight has played up his fiscally conservative votes as a member of the Assembly.

The 21st state Senate District takes in the central and eastern Santa Clarita Valley. Previous Senate representatives in the area included Republicans Sharon Runner and George Runner, both of whom endorsed Knight.

Both candidates are residents of the Antelope Valley.




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