Monday, June 9, 2014
Najera Lead Over Pierce Grows Slightly As Ballot Count Updated
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Deputy District Attorney Carol Najera’s lead over Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James B. Pierce grew slightly Friday in the first update of the election day returns.
Najera had 242,401 votes, or 50.42 percent, to 238,404 votes, or 49.58 percent, for the incumbent, meaning that Najera’s lead had grown by .03 percent. The registrar’s office said it had counted more than 19,000 additional vote-by-mail ballots since Tuesday night, meaning that more than 120,000 ballots remain to be counted.
If those results hold, Pierce will be only the second incumbent judge of the Superior Court to lose an election in the past quarter-century, and the first since Lynn Olson defeated Dzintra Janavs in 2006.
In the second-closest judicial race on Tuesday’s ballot, Deputy District Attorney Joan Chrostek maintained her lead over Superior Court Commissioner Emma Castro. Chrostek had 252,027 votes, or 51.54 percent, to Castro’s 236,984 votes, or 48.46 percent.
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