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Election 2022: Second runoff spot still tight in some LA county congressional races after first election update

Election 2022: Second Runoff Spot Still Tight In Some La County Congressional Races After First Election Update

The 2022 statewide primary may be over – but political tensions are not.

Especially for those candidates who are either clinging to a weak lead or who are a bit behind.

And such is the case in several races in Los Angeles County, including some congressional battles.

That’s because there were more than 400,000 outstanding ballots that still had to be counted after Tuesday’s election, as the LA county registrar estimated on Wednesday, June 8. Most of them were vote-by-mail ballots, but there were also a little over 1,000. Conditional, provisional and miscellaneous ballots.

The registrar gave the first update on the post-poll results on Friday afternoon. The next update is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14.

But while outstanding ballots – which are not counted on Election Day for a variety of reasons – are generally not enough to swing most races, they can have serious implications for many narrow races.

In the race to Congress, most of the remaining intrigue isn’t about who will finish first – but who will be the second candidate for the runoff during the November 8 general election.

Some congressional districts, it should be noted, are parts outside Los Angeles County, so the amount of ballots owed to them can be even greater.

According to the website of the California Secretary of State, as of 6:30 p.m., the races for the congressional districts that include Los Angeles County are as follows:

District 23: Current Representative Jay Obernolte had about 58.5% of the vote to represent a new district, which includes the desert between the Antelope Valley and the Nevada border (grazing LA County only). The Republican’s two Democratic challengers were closer to each other than Obernolt. Community organizer Derek Marshall had about 22.5% and Victorville councilwoman Blanca Gomez had about 19%.

District 26: 69-year-old Democratic Rep. Julia Brownlee of Westlake Village received 55.7% of the vote to continue serving the Ventura County district, which she has represented since 2012; The district includes a wisp of LA County. Republican ex-federal prosecutor Matt Jacobs of Westlake Village had about 37%. The other three challengers were in single digits.

District 27: Mike Garcia’s thin but surprising margin over Democrat Christy Smith for the 25th congressional seat in northern LA County and Ventura County, Republicans had 48.3% of the vote in the new 27th district. Smith had about 36.7%. The other four candidates were in single digits. Democrat John Quay Quarty accepted.

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