Krekorian leads Essel in early returns for L.A. race

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Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) is leading former Paramount Pictures executive Christine Essel in early returns for a Los Angeles City Council runoff election.

Krekorian leads Essel by a margin of 58% to 42%, with 9% of registered voters’ ballots cast, according to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office.

The early totals accounted for vote-by-mail ballots received prior to election day.

Vote-by-mail ballots were anticipated to be a major indicator of who would win the election as most voters were expected not to turn up in person for the single-race poll.

A total of 10,988 ballots have been accounted for so far.

In a September primary election, 16,509 total ballots were cast for a field of 10 candidates.

A total of 124,867 voters are registered within the Los Angeles City Council’s District 2, which stretches from Sherman Oaks to Tujunga.

Krekorian and Essel are competing to represent that district.

A Krekorian win would spark a race to replace him in the Assembly.

Republican hopeful Sundar Ramani and Democrat Mike Gatto have already stated their intentions to run if a special election is called for the 43rd Assembly District to replace Krekorian.

For updated election results, visit the Los Angeles City Clerk’s election results page.

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Written by Zain Shauk

December 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm

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