State assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and attorney Robert Lee Ahn appear to be headed to a June 6 runoff after emerging as the top voter getters in Tuesday’s crowded 34th Congressional District election, according to preliminary results.
Gomez, who had the backing of the Democratic Party establishment and union groups, lead the pack of two dozen candidates in the primary election with 28.14% of the vote, according to preliminary figures issued by the L.A. County Registrar/Recorder-County Clerk. However, Gomez fell far short of the 50% needed to avoid a runoff. As a result, he will have to run again against Ahn, who came in second with 18.99% of the ballots cast.
While Gomez won key party and union support, Ahn focused on getting to Korean-Americans to register to vote, according to the L.A. Times. He would be the first Korean-American to serve in Congress in about 20 years if elected.
The county clerk is scheduled to process uncounted ballots and present the final results by April 18.
Only 9.64% of eligible voters cast their ballots.
The special election was announced in January after Rep. Xavier Becerra was appointed to serve as state attorney general, prompting a crowd of candidates to run for Congress.
The 34th Congressional District includes Boyle Heights, City Terrace, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Northeast L.A., southern Echo Park and other communities
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