Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, November 17, 2008


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Little Change as Registrar Updates Count in Judicial Race


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Deputy District Attorney Thomas Rubinson’s lead in a close judicial race is virtually unchanged from what it was on election night,  as election officials continue to count absentee and provisional ballots from last week’s election, figures released Friday showed.

Those figures show Rubinson ahead of Superior Court Referee Cynthia Loo by a vote of 1,132,118 to 1,067,917, or 50.91 percent to 49.09 percent.

Rubinson and Loo were the runoff candidates for the Los Angeles Superior Court judgeship from which Judge Wendell Mortimer Jr. retired in April.

When election workers went home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Rubinson led by 40,322 votes; the lead is now  40,555.

The county had about 410,000 unprocessed ballots as of last Monday. It was unclear Friday how many remain to be counted.

The Rubinson-Loo race was by far the closest of five judicial contests, with deputy district attorneys leading in all of them. Margins in the other four races ranged from 130,000 to more than 500,000.

Officials are scheduled to update the returns again tomorrow and to announce final results by Wednesday of next week. 


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