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A Runoff Is Becoming A Possibility In LA's DA Race

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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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There are still a lot of votes left to count, but it’s looking like the race for Los Angeles County District Attorney could be headed for a runoff.

An updated vote count today has incumbent DA Jackie Lacey still far ahead of her two challengers, with more than 49% of the vote.

But Lacey has now fallen 12,226 votes short of the magic 50%-plus-one that she needs to avoid a November runoff.

If things do end up in a runoff, Lacey will more than likely face former San Francisco DA George Gascon. He’s in second place with nearly 28% of the vote.

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Former public defender Rachel Rossi is in third with nearly 23%.

Lacey’s share of the vote has slowly slipped in nearly each update since election night on March 3.

There are some 219,000 votes still left to count, so Lacey still has a mathematical chance of winning an outright majority.

Here are the numbers as of Friday:

CandidateVotes%
Jackie Lacey799,89849.25%
George Gascon454,41727.98%
Rachel Rossi369,93222.78%

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