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UPDATED: Strickland defeated by 108 votes

Posted: November 4, 2008 10:47 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2008 2:05 a.m.
 

UPDATED 4:55 a.m. Wednesday:

Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson edged her opponent by 108 votes in the state Senate election, garnering 50.1 percent of the total vote with all 744 precincts reporting.

Jackson picked up 153,106 votes while the tally for Tony Strickland was 152,998.

Jackson challenged Strickland for the state Senate 19th District, a race without an incumbent.

Strickland is a conservative Republican with experience in the state Assembly.

Local Strickland supporters remained optimistic late Tuesday at Republican headquarters in the Santa Clarita Valley.

"There's an encouragement. He's a solid conservative," said Linda McEveety, 50 of Valencia. "He's definitely a solid Christian guy.

"His views are aligned with how I see the world, like Sarah Palin. I mean I'm pro-life."

"I was down here helping with the Tony (Strickland) campaign," said Nancy Tujetsch of Castaic. "He was the one that was in the biggest battle."

Jackson, 58, served six years in the state Assembly and went on to teach at U.C. Santa Barbara.

Previously, she served as a prosecutor and attorney.

According to her campaign, Jackson was an advocate for improving public education, increasing public safety, protecting the environment, improving access to health care and protecting the rights of consumers.

Strickland, 38, served three terms in the state Assembly as the representative of the 37th District. He is currently vice president of Green Wave Energy Solutions, LLC a renewable energy development company.

During his campaign, Strickland advocated for consumer protection, fiscal reform, a reduction on foreign oil dependence and education.

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