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Several districts hold open primary voting

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

February 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Special elections took place in state Senate District 17, representing northern Los Angeles County and parts of Ventura and San Bernardino counties, and in District 28, representing Los Angeles County's South Bay area.

In District 28, voters are selecting a successor to Democrat Jenny Oropeza. She died in office just before last year's general election, which she won.

In District 17, voters are choosing a replacement for Republican George Runner, who was elected to the State Board of Equalization last fall.

Under the voter approved open primary system, candidates from all recognized political parties are on the same ballot.

If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top-two vote getters advance to a runoff election.