LOS ANGELES (AP) — Voters in Los Angeles County have reelected a state senator who died last month, setting up a special election to fill the vacant seat.

The heavily Democratic 28th Senate District stuck with Sen. Jenny Oropeza, a Democrat from Long Beach who died at age 53 of complications from a blood clot.

Oropeza was the choice of 54 percent of voters on Tuesday, defeating Republican John Stammreich.

If a majority had chosen Stammreich, he would have won without the need for a special election.

The coastal Los Angeles County district includes Torrance and Redondo Beach.

Oropeza missed most of this year’s Senate session because of the clot found in her abdomen in May.

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