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.


Written by Zain Shauk

December 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm

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