Gomez Rolls to Congressional Victory
Los Angeles Downtown News
By Jon Regardie
June 7, 2017
DTLA — State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez won an easy victory in the 34th Congressional District race yesterday. He received more than 60% of the vote, far outclassing attorney Robert Lee Ahn’s 40%, and will move on to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gomez will fill the seat that Xavier Becerra vacated when Gov. Jerry Brown tapped him to become California Attorney General. The district includes Downtown Los Angeles, as well as Boyle Heights, Koreatown, MacArthur Park and Northeast L.A. neighborhoods such as Eagle Rock and Highland Park.
“Today our communities came together to say ‘yes’ to progressive, California values,” Gomez stated on his Facebook page, below a picture of cheering supporters that included Mayor Eric Garcetti. He added, “I look forward to working with you — here in Los Angeles and in our nation’s capital — to ensure that we make the progress we need and deserve in the days and years to come.”
Gomez and Ahn had emerged from a field of 23 candidates in an April primary. In that election, Gomez finished with 25%, while Ahn notched 22%.
The race was often cast in ethnic terms, with observers describing Gomez as the favorite of the district’s numerous Latino residents, and Ahn appealing to a large Korean-American population on the western side of the district. Both candidates are Democrats who were critical of President Donald Trump during the campaign.
Turnout was approximately 11%, below the 14.3% of voters who participated in the April primary, though the final tally will climb after mail-in and provisional ballots are counted. The district holds approximately 294,000 registered voters. On Tuesday, Gomez received 19,761 votes, and Ahn scored 13,108.
The vote was the fourth election in four months for some area residents, who also cast ballots in city races in March and May. A special election to fill Gomez’s 51st District Assembly seat could be scheduled.
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