Aanestad takes big majority in bid for Senate nomination | TheUnion.com

Aanestad takes big majority in bid for Senate nomination

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Assemblyman Sam Aanestad of Grass Valley beat Dick Dickerson in a battle that pitted two legislators against each other for the Republican nomination in the expansive 4th State Senate District.

“I think we think we’re going to win this,” Aanestad said from the Holiday Inn in Chico, where he was watching returns with 150 people. “Everyone is very optimistic.”

“It’s amazing,” he said about his enormous margin in Nevada County, which he credited to “a good staff who paid attention to (constituents’) needs.” Returns in Nevada County showed Aanestad ahead with 82 percent of the votes.

Early returns at 8:05 p.m. showed Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, 2 percentage points behind Dickerson, a GOP assemblyman from Redding. When the absentee ballots were counted by 8:50 p.m., Aanestad had netted 59.9 percent of the vote to Dickerson’s 40.1 percent.

The new state Senate district includes Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba counties, and stretches from the northwest coast to the Sierra foothills. The old district stretched south to Fairfield.

Aanestad said voters remembered that Dickerson voted three times to expand the state budget and to raise taxes.

“People in a Republican primary respond to that,” he said.

Aanestad said his campaign was a team effort. He credited his win to volunteers who walked precincts and called voters.

Dickerson could not be reached for comment. Shortly before 10 p.m. Justin Matheson, Dickerson’s campaign manager, noted that returns from that assemblyman’s strongholds – Sutter, Glenn, Yuba, Colusa and Tehama counties – were not in yet.

Aanestad will face Democratic candidate Marianne Bopp Smith and Libertarian Robert H. Underwood in the November general election.

State Senate (GOP)

Sam Aanestad 59%

Dick Dickerson 41%

(61% reporting)

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