Dems, Republicans race to replace Rubio →

HANFORD — The surprise resignation on Friday of state Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield, is shaking up the political landscape locally and beyond.

Rubio’s decision means that Democrats now have 26 members in the state Senate, one less than the 27 they need to have a supermajority to pass tax and certain other bills without Republican support. That’s already generating intense speculation about who will succeed him in an upcoming special primary election likely to be held in May.