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California Candidate Indicted For Arms Trafficking Gets Hundreds Of Thousands Of Votes

Despite dropping out of the secretary of state race and being charged in a federal indictment, state Sen. Leland Yee was receiving almost 10% of the vote.

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California State Sen. Leland Yee gets into an awaiting car as he leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31 in San Francisco.

LOS ANGELES — A California state senator charged in a federal indictment received nearly one in ten votes in Tuesday’s primary election for secretary of state.

Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, dropped out of the race after being charged in a federal indictment in March with conspiracy to traffic in firearms, after the deadline for removing names from the ballot.

Yee, who has a history of supporting gun control, was accused of accepting money from an undercover officer in return for introducing the undercover officer to an arms dealer. According to a federal criminal complaint, Yee discussed with the undercover officer to bring weapons worth up to $2.5 million from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines into the United States.

Yee received 287,590 votes, or 9.8%. It was the third highest total after Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson.

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