NEVADA CITY Calif. August 27, 2019 – Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt wins the primary election to fill the vacant seat of former Assemblymember Brian Dahle. Republican Megan Dahle, the wife of now-Senator Brian Dahle, came in second.

With 100% of 319 precincts counted, Betancourt garnered 27,786 votes – 39.1% of the cast ballots. Dahle totaled 25,669 votes – 36.2%.

Reached at her Redding Election Party, Betancourt stated, “We are incredibly pleased with the results, which show both the dedication of our volunteers, as well as our compelling vision of a District that is respected for not only our natural resources, but for the people and industries essential to making our economy work and as an integral part of our state. We’re in it for the long haul: the District needs a new voice, ready to capitalize on the innovations and investments at our fingertips!”

The unofficial results as of tonight:

Elizabeth Betancourt (Party Preference: DEM) 27,786 votes 39.1%

Megan Dahle (Party Preference: REP) 25,669 votes 36.2%

Patrick Henry Jones (Party Preference: REP) 12,298 votes 17.3%

Joe Turner (Party Preference: REP) 3,943 votes 5.6%

Lane Rickard (Party Preference: REP) 1,305 votes 1.8%

Betancourt and Dahle will face each other in the November 5, 2019 special election.

In Nevada County, voter turnout stands at just 27.83% with 18,978 ballots tallied. Between 3,500 and 5,000 ballots remain to be counted. Updated results will be released at the end of the official canvass period. The county elections official must report final results to the Secretary of State by September 5, 2019.