Dahle defeats Kiley in state senate race

Skye Kinkade

Brian Dahle defeated challenger Kevin Kiley in yesterday’s special election for the District 1 Senate seat.

According to the California Secretary of State’s office, Dahle had 53.1 percent of the vote and was ahead of Kiley by nearly 8,300 votes as of Wednesday morning at 12:10 a.m.

In Siskiyou County, Dahle earned 69.2 percent of the vote, the Secretary of State reported. Siskiyou County Clerk Laura Bynum’s final election night results indicate that voter turnout was less than 25 percent in Siskiyou County – only 6,640 of the county’s 27,283 registered voters returned a ballot.

“Today’s election did not go our way,” Kiley said in a Facebook post conceding the race Tuesday night. “Although some ballots remain to be counted, it’s not enough to overcome our current deficit of 53 percent to 47 percent. Congratulations to Senator-elect Brian Dahle. I wish him the best in his new position.”

Elections officials have until June 14 to certify the results, after which the governor would need to call a special election to fill Dahle’s current District 1 Assembly seat.

Dahle is a resident of Bieber. He was first elected to the assembly in 2012 and again in 2017. Dahle started his career in politics serving as a Lassen County Supervisor for 16 years.

Kiley represents residents of several Sacramento suburbs in the state’s 6th Assembly district.

Kiley and Dahle, both Republicans, made it to the ballot since they were the top two vote getters in a March special primary election.

Dahle will fill the seat vacated by Ted Gaines, who resigned after being elected to the State Board of Equalization in November of 2018.