Andy Vidak holds strong lead over Leticia Perez in 16th Senate District race

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's deja vu for Andy Vidak.

With 100% of precincts reporting, the Hanford-area grower holds a nearly 6,000 vote lead over Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez in the contentious 16th State Senate race.

According to the California Secretary of State's office, Vidak has 54% of the vote with a total of 39,085 votes. Perez has 46% of the vote with a total of 33,252 votes.

As with May's special election for the seat -- which was vacated by Michael Rubio -- Vidak enjoyed strong support from Kings and Tulare counties.

Voters in Kings County -- Vidak's home -- voted 75.1% to 24.9% in favor of the Republican candidate.

Perez carried Kern and Fresno counties, but by a smaller margin. 

Absentee and provisional ballots have not yet been counted -- which could provide late drama in the heated race for the second time this year.

Vidak finished with the most votes in May's special election and Perez conceded the race, but late provisional ballots pushed him out of a majority and into Tuesday's runoff with the Democratic candidate.

According to the California Secretary of State's office, it could take several days to finish counting the late ballots.

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