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Updated vote count doesn't help Trutanich much in D.A.'s race

Veteran county prosecutor Alan Jackson continued to lead L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich on Friday for a place in a November runoff for Los Angeles County district attorney, remaining in second place by more than 8,000 votes after election officials finished counting the latest batch of ballots from this week's primary election.

With nearly 60,000 additional ballots counted, Trutanich picked up 347 more votes than Jackson but remains in third place. He will need to see a much more dramatic swing in his favor if he is to make up the votes that still separate the two candidates.

Election officials have about 117,000 more ballots to count, including provisional ballots and ballots that arrived by mail or were handed in at polling places on election day.

Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey built slightly on her lead in Friday’s count and is a mathematical certainty for the fall runoff. She has 32% of the vote compared with 23.6% for Jackson and 22.4% for Trutanich.

Trutanich was widely viewed as the favorite to become the county’s top prosecutor, and many believed he had a shot at garnering the majority of votes needed to win the election contest outright and avoid a runoff. He raised $1.5 million in cash, far outpacing his rivals, who were veteran prosecutors largely unknown outside the county’s legal community.

Trutanich, whose term as city attorney expires next year, told The Times on Wednesday that he plans to run for reelection.


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