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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Voters strongly favored an outsider to take over the scandalized Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

But Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell appears to have fallen just short of avoiding a runoff with former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

The county registrar's website Wednesday shows McDonnell with 264,104 votes, or 49.1 percent. Tanaka has 79,189 votes, or 14.7 percent. The remainder of Tuesday's vote is spread among five other sheriff candidates.

McDonnell is a law enforcement veteran who served as second-in-command of the Los Angeles Police Department under former Chief Bill Bratton. He has been chief of the Long Beach department since 2010.

Tanaka formerly oversaw the county's jails. He retired from the Sheriff's Department a year ago amid a federal probe into allegations of brutality and corruption in the custody system.

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