The unions spent a small fortune trying to defeat John Moorlach in the 37th Senate District special election. however Moorlach is leaving tonight as the early returns have come in.
Moorlach has almost 29,000 votes while his leading opponent, Don Wagner has just over 26,000 votes.
Another Republican candidate, Naz Namazi, has about 2,000 votes and a write-in Democrat, Louise Stewardson, has about a thousand votes.
Moorlach has 49.7 percent of the vote thus far. He will need more than 50 percent to win outright.
These early results are primarily absentee ballots. Moorlach had a much better ground game than Wagner and his lead may increase as the votes continue to be counted.
For election results go to http://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/live/37sd2015/Results.htm.