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Ben HuesoSAN DIEGO — Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, won Tuesday’s special election in the 40th Senate District to choose a successor to fellow Democrat Juan Vargas, who was elected to Congress in November.

Hueso, a former San Diego city councilman, topped the four-candidate field with 52.3 percent of the vote with vote-by-mail ballots with all 438 precincts reporting, according to figures released by the California Secretary of State’s office.

Real estate agent Hector Gastelum had 22 percent and author Xanthi Gionis 15 percent. Both are Republicans.

Democrat Anna Nevenic, a registered nurse who lives in Cathedral City, was fourth with 10.7 percent.

Hueso’s victory will cause another special election to fill his Assembly seat.

Because the election was to complete an unexpired term, it was held in the district determined by redistricting in 2001, including most of south and east San Diego County and Imperial County, along with such Coachella Valley cities and communities as Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio, Mecca and Thousand Palms.

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