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Democrats gain 1 more seat in state Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani has won an open seat in the state Senate while election officials say a special election runoff will be needed for another Senate seat.

Galgiani had been trailing Republican Assemblyman Bill Berryhill in the Central Valley's 5th Senate District but overtook him as provisional ballots were counted. The Associated Press called the race for Galgiani on Monday.

Neither campaign immediately returned calls for comment.

Galgiani's victory pads the Democrats' supermajority in the Senate, giving them 29 seats, two more than the two-thirds threshold needed to pass tax increases and override vetoes. That will help Democrats maintain their supermajority even as two of their members move to Congress and leave their seats open temporarily.

The special election in the 4th Senate District will be Jan. 8.

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