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Election Results: Close Contests, Congress Seat Runoff Contenders

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Voters had their say in the City and County of Los Angeles yesterday in a trio of close contests. In the City's General Municipal Election, a pair of education runoffs saw narrow triumphs for the Board of Education District 5 seat in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Community College's 5th Seat. In California's 36th Congressional District, a Republican candidate has upset the Democratic apple cart, giving an L.A. City Councilperson a run for her money in the bid to replace the departed Jane Harman.Here are the election results as posted online via the Los Angeles City Clerk:

BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 5
BENNETT KAYSER 8,854 votes/50.78%
LUIS SANCHEZ 8,582 votes/49.22%

COMMUNITY COLLEGE SEAT 5
LYDIA A. GUTIERREZ 51,636 votes/47.70%
SCOTT SVONKIN 56,606 votes/52.30%

Here are the election results as posted online via the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder:
US REPRESENTATIVE 36 DIST (top 4 finishers)

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JANICE HAHN (DEM) 13,137 votes/24.66%
CRAIG HUEY (REP) 11,648 votes/21.87%
DEBRA BOWEN (DEM) 11,442 votes/21.48%
MARCY WINOGRAD (DEM) 5,066 votes/9.51%

A July 12th runoff will likely involve Hahn and Huey.

In the City of Los Angeles, there was a 7.41% voter turnout in the LAUSD race and a 4.98% voter turnout in the Community College Race; in the County, there was a 15.54% voter turnout.