Just how important is the 16th state Senate battle between Democrat Leticia Perez and Republican Andy Vidak?
Well, the two candidates and the various independent groups backing either of the two have collectively spent $4.5 million on the special election to replace Bakersfield Democrat Michael Rubio, who resigned in February.
But quite probably an even bigger measure is that heading into this final weekend ahead of Tuesday’s election, both Senate leaders will personally visit the district, which covers all of Kings County and parts of Kern, Tulare and Fresno counties.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the Democratic leader, will spent Sunday with Perez. The visit will be highlighted by 3 p.m. rally at the Hinton Community Center, 2385 S. Fairview Ave. in Fresno.
This is Steinberg’s first district visit in support of Perez.
Not to be outdone, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff is also coming south from Sacramento — and a day earlier.
Huff has already campaigned in the district on Vidak’s behalf several times. This time, he’ll visit Vidak’s campaign headquarters in Hanford starting at 11:00 a.m. today. The office is at 101 N. Irwin Street, Suite 110.