Los Angeles County released its first post-election update of results from Tuesday’s statewide primary Friday, adding more than 169,000 ballots to the overall total counted.
On Wednesday, the day after the election, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan estimated that 400,000 vote-by-mail ballots still needed to be tallied, along with 680 conditional voter-registration ballots, 105 provisional ballots and 300 other miscellaneous ballots.
The update released Friday incorporated 169,338 of those ballots — 168,566 vote-by-mail ballots and 772 in-person votes, according to Logan’s office.
The registrar’s office will continue to accept ballots that were postmarked by Election Day and received by Tuesday.
In city of Los Angeles races, Friday’s update resulted in some minor changes.
In the race to represent City Council District 13 — which includes the neighborhoods of Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Atwater Village — labor organizer Hugo Soto-Martinez overtook the incumbent, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, by about 40 votes. Both candidates were already leading the rest of the field and are expected to compete in a November runoff.
Meanwhile, civil rights attorney Faisal Gill and federal prosecutor Marina Torres were also nearly tied with 20.45% and 20.41% of the vote, respectively, but two other candidates were trailing close behind: financial law attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto and Deputy City Attorney Richard Kim. That race will also result in a runoff.
The updated results added to former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry’s lead over Culver City Mayor Daniel W. Lee in their battle to take on Sen. Sydney Kamlager in the Nov. 8 general election for the 37th Congressional District seat. Going into Friday, Perry had a 1,085-vote lead over Lee, but that margin expanded to 1,250 when updated results were released. All three candidates are Democrats.
There was no immediate change in the special election in the 62nd Assembly District, with nonprofit director/businesswoman Tina Simone McKinnor still holding a 1,033-vote lead over Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles, a fellow Democrat.
There were an estimated 2.766 million unprocessed ballots statewide following the election, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
The undecided races statewide are for state superintendent of public instruction, where teacher Ainye E. Long now leads software architect George Yang leads by 422 votes in the nonpartisan race to face incumbent Tony K. Thurmond; for insurance commissioner, where Republican Robert Howell, a cybersecurity equipment manufacturer, saw his lead over Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine shrink to 13,200 votes — down from 38,931 — in the race to face incumbent Democrat Ricardo Lara; and attorney general, where former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Nathan Hochman slightly extended his lead over fellow Republican Eric Early, an attorney and business owner, to 68,885 votes in the race to face appointed Democratic incumbent Rob Bonta.