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If all goes next Tuesday as he hopes, Republican Assemblyman Ted Gaines will win a special election and move over to the state Senate -- giving up the Assembly seat to which he was re-elected in November.

Gaines' spouse, Beth Gaines, could become a contender to fill that vacant Assembly seat in another special election, Gaines told the Bee on Wednesday.

"She's contemplating it," said Ted, who lives in Roseville and currently represents the 4th Assembly District northeast of Sacramento.

But first things first.

Next Tuesday, Ted is running against Democrat Ken Cooley, the mayor of Rancho Cordova, in a special election to represent the 1st Senate District, which occupies a large piece of northeastern California. The winner replaces the late GOP Sen. Dave Cox.

GOP voters have an 11-point registration advantage over Democrats in the Senate district.

Beth Gaines hasn't run for office before, her husband said. And he said he'll leave it up to her to explain why she might run for his Assembly seat if he moves over to the Senate.


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