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Low turnout in Assembly special election for Northwest Valley

Matt Dababneh and Susan Shelley

Dababneh and Shelley campaigns

Democrat Matt Dababneh and Republican Susan Shelley vie to fill a vacancy created when Bob Blumenfield went to the L.A. City Council.

Fewer than 200 votes separate two candidates in the special election runoff to fill an open Assembly seat in the Northwest San Fernando Valley.

Only about ten percent of the quarter-million registered voters in the 45th Assembly District went to the polls. The district includes the Northwest San Fernando Valley and a single precinct in Ventura County.

Democrat Matt Dababneh leads Republican Susan Shelley by just 173 votes. The L.A. County Registrar will update the vote count on Friday, adding in about 2,800 absentee and provisional ballots. 

Dababneh is a deputy to Congressman Brad Sherman. A Debabneh win would restore the Democratic party's two-thirds super-majority in the Assembly, giving that party control over much of the legislative agenda in the state.

Shelley, an author and former candidate for Congress, placed second to Dababneh in a field of 11 candidates in the September primary.

Democrat Bob Blumenfield's move from the Assembly to the Los Angeles City Council created the vacancy.

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