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Schwarzenegger to call election to fill open Senate seat

July 26, 2010 | 11:05 am

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Tuesday to call an election to replace state Sen. Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks), who died earlier this month after a battle with cancer.
Sen. Dave Cox

Schwarzenegger has the option of consolidating the election with the November primary. That would save the 12 counties that make up the 1st Senate District the cost of holding a special election. 

Republican Assemblymen Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) and Roger Niello (R-Fair Oaks) are among those expected to run for the seat.

The strongly Republican Northern California district includes the eastern part of the state from the Oregon border to the edge of Inyo County.

-- Anthony York

Photo: Sen. Dave Cox in 2009. The governor is looking to fill Cox's seat after the recent death of the senator, who waged a 13-year battle against prostate cancer. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press