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LA County District Attorney Results: George Gascón Ousts Jackie Lacey

D.A. candidate George Gascón and incumbent Jackie Lacey. (Illustration by Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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Two-term incumbent Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey conceded to George Gascón in the race to head the nation's largest prosecutor's office.

The race was considered to be a referendum on the criminal justice system in Los Angeles. It was also watched across the country as a bellwether for the national criminal justice reform movement, on issues ranging from mass incarceration to racial disparities in sentencing to diversion of people with mental health issues from jail.

The DA prosecutes more than 180,000 criminal defendants a year, and exerts enormous influence over criminal justice policy here and in Sacramento. When the L.A. DA talks, California politicians usually listen.


Jackie Lacey

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Lacey, 63, joined the DA's office in 1986 and worked her way up the ranks before voters first elected her DA in 2012. She is seeking her third term as leader of the nation's largest local prosecutor's office. Lacey was born and raised in South L.A.'s historically Black Crenshaw District.

George Gascón

Gascón, 66, is a one-time LAPD cop-turned reformer who was San Francisco's chief of police before becoming that city's DA -- a post he resigned last year to run in L.A. Gascón was born in Cuba but grew up in Cudahy in Southeast L.A, traditionally one of the landing spots for Latino immigrants.

A Note On The Results

The first results released included early voting, including mail-in ballots received before election day. In the past, local election officials have said all votes received and processed by the day before the election (in this case, Monday Nov. 2) are included in the first count. However, the high volume of mail-in ballots may mean that's not the case this election. Keep in mind that in tight races particularly, the winner may not be determined for some time. In California, ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 3 may be counted toward the results as long as they arrive within 17 days of the election. Results are finalized by county election officials 30 days after election day.


You can track the status of your ballot:

If your mail-in ballot is rejected for any reason (like a missing or mismatched signature), your county registrar must contact you to give you a chance to fix it. In Los Angeles County, the registrar will send you a notification by mail and you have until Nov. 28 to reply and "cure" your ballot.


The unprecedented number of early voters and mail-in ballots this election means it's going to take more time to get votes counted. Our priority will be sharing outcomes and election calls only when they have been thoroughly checked and vetted. To that end, we will rely on NPR and The Associated Press for race calls. We will not report the calls or projections of other news outlets. You can find more on NPR and The AP's process for counting votes and calling races here, here and here.

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