By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on a primary election for a Southern California seat in the U.S. House (all times local):

6 p.m.

Robert Lee Ahn, hoping to become the first Korean-American in Congress in more than two decades, has advanced to a June runoff for a Los Angeles-area seat.

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has 28 percent of 29,000 votes counted for the 34th District race. Anh, a former Los Angeles city planner and fellow Democrat, finished second with 19 percent. He is nine points ahead of third-place candidate Maria Cabildo.

Los Angeles County officials announced Wednesday they have 13,400 mail-in and provisional ballots in hand to count. And an unknown number of mail-in ballots will arrive by Friday’s deadline to be included.

The Associated Press projected Anh would hold onto second place after analyzing the remaining votes and determining Cabildo won’t get a large enough share to overcome a 2,700-vote deficit.

Voters go back to the polls June 6 to choose between Gomez and Anh.


11:40 p.m.

California state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has pulled clear of a large field to clinch a spot in a June runoff for a seat in the U.S. House.

Former Los Angeles planning commissioner Robert Lee Ahn is Gomez’s likely opponent after Tuesday’s voting in a field of 23 candidates.

With about 21,000 votes counted, Gomez led Ahn 28 percent to 22 percent. Maria Cabildo, former director of homeless initiatives for Los Angeles County, was third with about 8 percent. All three are Democrats.

A runoff between the two top vote-getters is required if no candidate gets 50 percent.

Gomez and Ahn are seeking to replace Xavier Becerra the 34th District that falls mainly in Los Angeles. Becerra left to become the state’s attorney general.

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