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Los Angeles County’s Election Results Show the Left’s Voting Power

Los Angeles County’s Election Results Show the Left’s Voting Power

L.A. city voters sent conflicting messages, giving wins to both the left and the center

LOS ANGELES — While it was the left that sent out the victory messages, they were not necessarily delivered by either candidate. In the end, the election results in Los Angeles County reflected the results across much of California and the country.

In L.A., a large majority of registered voters chose former L.A. County Board of Supervisors President and mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa over his two challengers in a vote that attracted national attention. The outcome, however, revealed a very different result in the larger state and nation.

In Orange and Los Angeles counties, voters were equally split in a closely contested race between former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and challenger Wendy Greuel. The margin of victory in the city of Los Angeles was closer (by just seven votes) than in Orange (by 13 votes) or Los Angeles County.

While voters in smaller cities and towns across California sent similar messages of a progressive movement, they did so largely on the left. While the margins in Los Angeles County were generally narrow in some places, there was a clear trend across California that a vast majority of county voters in the most populous, and liberal, counties were sent a message to the right, particularly those that voted in November’s elections.

Los Angeles County – where voters were more than two-to-one for a more progressive Los Angeles County Supervisor and more than four-to-one against a more conservative challenger – is the most populous county in the state. In the entire state, it’s the third most diverse. It’s also one of the bluest – and the most progressive. At the same time, it’s the only one that doesn’t break down by race. More than half of its registered voters are Latino.

In a state of nearly 50 million people, Los Angeles County has nearly 25,000 more voters than the next-closest county in terms of population. Of its registered voters, nearly two-thirds are white. African-Americans make up about 13 percent of the registered

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