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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Plenty of LA County Election Drama Remains as More Ballots Count

In the High Desert of Southern California, a fight between two prominent Republican legislators, who found themselves sharing the newly formed Assembly District 34, provided more drama as the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder’s office pushed through the June 7 primary election. Results released.

Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith, R-Apple Valley, took the lead in District 34 with 34.4% of the PF vote. Assembly member Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, is now in second place, but trails Democrat Rita Ramirez Dean by only 221 votes. With no one getting 50% of the vote, the top two will head to the runoff in November.

The district now runs from the top of LA County to the Nevada border.

But it is too early to call the race, as there are still 365,820 ballots left to be counted at the registrar’s office. Next update is Friday.

Tuesday’s update includes an additional 266,166 ballots processed since Friday’s first election update.

The total results count is now 1,258,049 – 22.11% of the registered voters.

Here’s how some of the other close races were affected by the latest wave of tables:

county supervisor

In the race for an open seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors, front-runner Bob Hertzberg maintained his lead over Lindsey Horvath, as the two would likely face off in the November run-off.

State Sen. Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, is leading the race with 86,150 votes, or 32.3%, followed by West Hollywood City Council member Horvath with 71,619 votes, or 26.9%.

The two candidates, who are very different, are most likely to run for the third district seat being vacated by longtime political icon Sheila Kuehl.

State Sen. Henry Stern, D-Malibu, is third with 61,954, or 23.2% of the vote.

The vast, 431-square-mile Third District extends from Malibu and Santa Monica into the eastern and northeastern San Fernando Valley.

county sheriff

Robert Luna and Sheriff Alex Villanueva stood firm in the Los Angeles County sheriff’s race after an updated vote tally was both bound for November’s runoff.

Luna, the former Long Beach police chief and second-place finisher, and Villanueva, who took the top spot.

New results show Luna with 300,102 votes out of 232,948 votes. His vote share stood at around 26%.

Front-runner Villanueva got 368,067 votes out of 300,508 votes. His vote percentage dropped to around 32% from Wednesday’s 33%.

But third-placed Eric Strong is now out of the race with 163,987 votes, or 14%.

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