Robert Luna won over Sheriff Alex Villanueva, but only after an updated vote tally in the Los Angeles County sheriff’s race was released Friday afternoon by the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder’s office.
Luna, the former Long Beach police chief and second-place finisher, and Villanueva, who took the top spot, still appear to be headed for a runoff on November 8 as the two top vote-getters in the Tuesday, June 7 election give. Main. The run-off begins when no candidate gets a majority.
New results show that Luna received 232,948 votes out of 184,640 votes. His vote share increased from 25% on Wednesday to 26%.
Villanueva got 300,508 votes out of 258,808 votes. His vote percentage dropped to 33% from 34% on Wednesday.
About 400,000 outstanding ballots were yet to be counted from the initial tally. The registrar’s office counted additional ballots on Friday, but their counting is yet to be completed. The next ballot update is Tuesday.
Outstanding ballots – which are not tallied for various reasons on Election Day – are generally not enough to swing any race, but the narrowest race is. But the outstanding ballots will represent about one-third of the total votes cast across the country.
Political analysts said on Wednesday that Luna would face a face-off with Villanueva, but she was likely to gain support from other candidates and could raise the prospect of ousting the Los Angeles County sheriff.
“Reducing crime is my top priority. The way you get there will make a big difference between him and me,” Luna said on Wednesday. “I want to hold criminals accountable but still work on restorative justice and work on intervention and prevention programs.”
Villanueva said he had high hopes for a runoff victory. “We are focused on what lies ahead of what matters to the community: homelessness and violent crime,” Villanueva wrote in an emailed statement on Wednesday.
Other challengers and their percentage of votes in Tuesday’s election are: Cecil Rambo, LAX Police Chief, 8%; Eliezer “Eli” Vera, a former sheriff’s aide, who said he was demoted 4% from the department’s Technology and Support Division to run as commander; Britta Steinbrenner, recently retired sheriff’s captain, 5%; Sheriff Sergeant. Carla Yesenia Carranza, 5%; Sheriff’s Lieutenant Eric Strong, 13%; April Saucedo Hood, a parole agent, 2%; and retired sheriff Captain Matt Rodriguez, 4%.