Incumbent Sen. Darling defeats Pasch, holds on to seat; GOP keeps power in state Senate

Written by admin   // August 12, 2011   // Comments Off

Compiled by MCJ Staff
State Democrats took two of six Senate seats in Tuesday’s recall elections. But they couldn’t claim a third, the seat of incumbent state Senator Alberta Darling, who held off the challenge by Sandy Pasch, an state Assemblywoman and former nursing instructor.
The third seat wold have given the Senate Democrats control of that legislative body. and a chance to reverse some of the policies by passed this year by Republican legislators.
Darling hung on to the seat by eight percentage points, garnering 39,471 votes (54%) to Pasch’s 34,096 votes (45%).
The Darling-Pasch race was the highest profile campaign in the recall election because Darling was the highest ranking Republican.
The co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, Darling was instrumental in helping the Republican controlled senate pass life altering legislation, particularly the state budget which particularly impacted state employees such as teachers.

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