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L.A. Now Live: Discuss the D.A. race, Trutanich's apparent loss

June 6, 2012 |  9:20 am

Join Times reporter Jack Leonard and City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion and analysis of the surprising results of the Los Angeles County district attorney race.

Los Angeles County prosecutors Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson appear headed for a runoff in the bid to be the next district attorney, edging out L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich.

The chat is scheduled for 11 a.m. and questions can be submitted live.

Trutanich was widely viewed as the favorite to become the county's top prosecutor.

With 100% of the precincts counted early Wednesday, Lacey had 31.95% of the vote, Jackson 23.69% and Trutanich 23.32%. If the results are certified, Lacey and Jackson would face each other in a November runoff.

Six candidates battled to succeed Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, who is retiring this year after serving three terms.

The election marked the first time in nearly 50 years that an incumbent was not involved in the race to run the most powerful office in the county's criminal justice system — one responsible for prosecuting about 60,000 felony cases a year.