Wendy Carrillo emerges as top vote getter in 51st State Assembly runoff [updated]

Updated at 11:11 pm

Wendy Carrillo   defeated Luis López based on unofficial results from today’s 51st State Assembly runoff election.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Carrillo claimed 52.83% of the vote compared to 47.17% for Lopez.  according to the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.  While Carrillo’s lead eroded over the evening,  the labor activist always remained ahead by several percentage points as the election results — which included vote-by-mail ballots — were tabulated and updated.

The election results won’t be finalized until the county clerk finishes counting mail-in ballots received on Election Day, provisional ballots, write-in ballots and damaged ballots.

Both candidates are both progressive Latinos and Democrats with similar positions and points of view on important issues. Lopez, 44, has developed close ties to many neighborhood groups and leaders as he has worked as a community activist on a variety of issues. But Carrillo, 37, has won the endorsement of the Democratic Party establishment and major financial support from unions.

Earlier this year, Carrillo lost her bid to replace Xavier Becerra, now California Attorney General, as representative of the 34th Congressional District. But the winner of that election, state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, left behind an open seat that went up for grabs. So, only a few months after running for Congress, Carrillo shifted gears and launched a new campaign for the 51st Assembly District.

Here’s a roundup of election stories with information about the candidates and their background:

The 51st State Assembly District

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