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Norby easily wins O.C. race to replace disgraced assemblyman [Update]

[Update: Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby has handily won the race to succeed disgraced former Assemblyman Mike Duvall, according to final election returns. ]

Norby, 60, a Republican, had been heavily favored over Democrat John MacMurray, 63, and Green Party candidate Jane Rands, 43, in the 72nd Assembly District.

With 197 of 197 precincts counted, Norby has slightly more than 63% of the vote while MacMurray has about 31% of the ballots to represent a district in which Republicans account for 43% of registered voters. The district includes all or parts of Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, Orange, Placentia and Yorba Linda. Rands has slightly more than 6% of the vote.

Tuesday’s runoff seemed anticlimactic compared with the contentious Nov. 17 special primary election. In that race, Norby battled fellow Republicans Linda Ackerman — longtime GOP activist and the wife of former state legislator Dick Ackerman — and political newcomer Richard Faher, as well as MacMurray and Rands.

Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley estimated the tab for the two special elections would total around $700,000. The elections were necessitated by Duvall’s resignation after a TV news program broadcast remarks he made about sexual encounters with a lobbyist.

The remarks, made to another legislator during a lull in a hearing last summer, were picked up by an open microphone.

-- Jean Merl

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