Dahle, Kiley square off in June state senate race

Republicans Brian Dahle and Kevin Kiley are the two top vote getters in the Tuesday, March 26 Special Primary Election and will face each other in the California District 1 Senate seat during the June 4 General Election.

Dahle said there are still some provisional ballots to be counted, but he believes he has enough votes to advance to the June election.

“I want to say thank you to the people of Lassen County,” Dahle said. “I appreciate them so much because they’ve stood with me for so many years. We’re halfway there. Now we need to get the vote out for the general (election), which is June 4.”

If Dahle wins the state senate seat in June, he will be the first senator from Lassen County to hold the seat since former Lassen County District Attorney Stanley Arnold served from 1960 to 1965.

According to the semi-official district wide results posted by the secretary of state’s office, Dahle collected 44,764 votes (28.7 percent), and Kiley collected 44,519 votes (28.5 percent). Democrat Silke Pflueger garnered 40,304 votes (25.8 percent), and Republican Rex Hime received 14,223 votes (9.1 percent). Despite running as a Republican with a state of Jefferson platform for the state senate seat in the 2016 election, Democrat Steve Baird collected 9,035 votes (5.8 percent), and Republican Theodore Dziuba garnered 3,222 votes (2.1 percent). The secretary of state’s office did not report the number of write-in votes.

In Lassen County, Dahle, a former member of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, garnered 2,968 votes (70.87 percent) and Kiley collected only 253 votes (6.04 percent), good enough for third place. Democrat Pflueger finished second in Lassen County with 472 votes (11.27 percent). Baird garnered 98 votes (2.34 percent), and Dziuba collected 66 votes (1.58 percent). There were six write-in votes (0.14 percent).