With partial results in from all 640 precincts, Jim Nielsen is the winner of the special election in California Senate District 4.
The special election was called after incumbent Republican Doug LaMalfa was elected in November to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nielsen has 87,738 votes (66.6 percent) to Democrat Michael “Mickey” Harrington’s 43,903 votes (34.4 percent).
Nielsen, 68, previously served in the State Senate from 1978-1990 and is a former leader of the Senate Republican Caucus.
He returned to the California Legislature as a state assemblyman in 2008.
The senate district includes the northern California counties of Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Trinity and Yuba.
Nielsen campaigned as an unapologetic conservative.
"From his position as Budget Vice Chair and member of the Assembly Republican Leadership," his campaign website states, "Nielsen spearheaded the challenge to liberal tax increase plans, and rallied conservatives in favor of fiscal responsibility, smaller government, a stronger economy and more jobs for the people of California."
He ran with the support of the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of California and the California Rifle and Pistol Association.
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