August 17, 2010
Republican Sam Blakeslee will be the next state Senator from the five counties that comprise District 15.
Blakeslee, currently a state Assemblyman from San Luis Obispo led the vote count throughout the evening in pretty much of a repeat performance from the special June primary.
With almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Blakeslee claimed victory with 48.8 percent. Democrat John Laird managed to improve his turnout over June to 44.1 percent, but still fell short, despite a highly-publicized endorsement from President Obama.
Also-rans Jim Fitzgerald finished with 5.1 percent, while Mark Hinkle finished last with 2 percent.
Blakeslee will assume the seat of Abel Maldonado, who was appointed lieutenant governor last spring. Meanwhile, Blakeslee’s Assembly seat will remain empty until the November election decides a successor.