Possible runoff election for district attorney

Incumbent District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Courtesy Photo.

Unofficial votes counted as of Tuesday afternoon show that incumbent District Attorney Jackie Lacey has fallen below the 50%-plus-one-vote threshold, which would result in a runoff election in November against the second-highest vote-getter. 

“March 27 is when we are scheduled to certify election results,” said Mike Sanchez, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. “If there is not a majority (50% plus one vote), the top two will run in a runoff election in the general election.” 

Preliminary results released March 4 had her polling at 50.69% of the vote, which would have avoided a November race. 

Since then, opponent George Gascón has gained approximately 123,876 additional votes, which has lowered Lacey’s percent of votes to 49.94%.

At this time, Sanchez cannot confirm whether there will be a runoff election since final vote counts are not certified until March 27.

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