Will L.A. County DA Jackie Lacey Avoid a Runoff?

So far, it looks like Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey will avoid a runoff in November.

According to the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder, Dean Logan, Tuesday's election results for the DA's race show:

  • 50.69% for Jackie Lacey
  • 26.83% for George Gascón
  • 22.47% for Rachel Rossi

Logan stressed that these are 'semi-official' results, so there are still provisional and mail-in ballots that need to be tallied that could change the outcome. But, if these percentages hold, Lacey will get the 50% she needs to avoid a runoff.

Gascón, a top prosecutor in San Francisco for 11 years and Rossi, a federal public defender, were looking to unseat Lacey who has come under fire in the last several years from organizations like Black Lives Matter, who claim that she is refusing to prosecute LAPD officers who have fatally shot unarmed black men or high-profile suspects like policital donor, Ed Buck, who is accused of fatally injecting several young black men with drugs leading to their deaths.

On Monday, Lacey's husband threatened Black Lives Matter activists that showed up at their home with a gun. Lacey apologized for the incident, which is currently under investigation.

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