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LA DA Jackie Lacey Is Walking A Knife's Edge As She Tries To Avoid A Runoff

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The candidates for L.A. County District Attorney: Former San Francisco DA George Gascon (L), incumbent DA Jackie Lacey (C) and former federal public defender Rachel Rossi. (Photo credits, L-R: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images; Damian Dovarganes/AP; Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Patrisse Cullors)
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You know how people say you should participate in elections because every vote counts?

Here's the latest evidence: Out of more than 1.2 million votes counted so far from Tuesday's primary, L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey currently stands a grand total of 16 votes short of having the 50%-plus-one-vote she needs to avoid a November runoff.

After the latest update from the County Registrar, Lacey has 615,864 votes. That works out to 49.99% of the vote.

Former San Francisco DA George Gascón has 337,962 votes, or 27.44%. That puts him in position to face Lacey in a runoff if she ultimately fails to secure a majority of the vote.

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Former public defender Rachel Rossi has 277,933 votes, or 22.56%.

There are still hundreds of thousands of votes left to count (as of Friday afternoon more than 670,000), so the matter is far from settled. The next vote total update is scheduled for Tuesday.

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