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Republicans John Allard and Beth Gaines are locked in a close race tonight for one of two spots in a May runoff to replace Gaines' husband, Roseville Republican Ted Gaines, in the 4th Assembly District.

Dennis Campanale, the only Democrat on today's special primary ballot, is positioned to secure a spot in the runoff. He leads a field of eight candidates with 32 percent of the vote with all precincts at least partially reporting.

Gaines has a one-point edge in the battle for the second spot, winning 22.5 percent of the vote to Allard's 21.5 percent.

Other Republicans on the ballot in today's special election are Bo Ambrozewicz, Cheryl Bly-Chester, Rob Matthews, Mike O'Connor and Matt Williams.

The top two vote-getters will advance to a May 3 runoff for the Republican-dominated seat, which was vacated by Ted Gaines' January election to the state Senate.

Results are being updated throughout the night on the Secretary of State website.


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