Los Angeles, CA — As was widely speculated, there will be a run-off in the 26th Senate District race that will pit Democratic Assemblyman Curren Price against Republican Nachum Shifren and Peace and Freedom candidate Cindy V. Henderson.

No candidate in the contest was able to pull the necessary 50% plus one vote needed to win the seat outright in Tuesday’s balloting, so they now must go into a run-off for a chance to complete the unfinished term of newly elected Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, which ends in November 2010.

In a hotly contested race, Price beat out fellow Democratic Assemblyman Mike Davis to advance to the run-off, which will be held in conjunction with a state-wide election May 19.

Voter turn-out was very low with only about 24,000 of the registered 390,409 citizens going to the polls.

Price was the top vote-getter snagging 8,442 (35.65%), according to the Registrar-Recorder’s semi-official results. Davis came in second with 5,158 votes (21.78%) followed by Robert Cole who pulled in 3,133 votes (13.23%), Shifren, the lone republican captured fourth place with 2,731 (11.53%) votes; Jonathan Friedman 1,864 (7.87%); Saundra Davis 1,803 (7.61%); Henderson, who collected 414 (1.75%) votes; and Mervin L. Evans with 136 (.057%).