State Senator Sharon Runner (R-Palmdale)
The title of the article reads:
Voters send Republican Sharon Runner back to state Senate
The first paragraph of the column reads:
Voters on Tuesday sent Republican Sharon Runner back to the state Senate three years after she underwent a double lung transplant. She was the only candidate on the ballot for a special election in a district representing parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
She was the only candidate running!
Who else were the Antelope Valley residents going to send to Sacramento on their behalf?
Voters did not so much as send her to office as affirm that she was the only one running.
Perhaps election laws should be restructured in the state of California, ensuring that if only one candidate throws his name in for a partisan race, then there is no need for a ballot.
Question: would Runner have won the seat if no one turned out to vote at all?