Sheriff Villanueva’s chances for a second term dwindle as Luna’s lead holds

As Robert Luna continues to hold a decisive lead in the race for Los Angeles County sheriff, Alex Villanueva’s chances of winning a second term have all but disappeared, the election results show.

With 1.8 million ballots counted on Monday night, Luna won 60% of the vote and Villanueva received 40% – a gap that has remained relatively stable since the counting of the first batch of ballots on election night last Tuesday .

Although the exact number of outstanding ballots is not known, on Monday election officials estimated that there were 655,300 ballots remaining to be counted.

To catch Luna, Villanueva would need to win three of the four remaining ballots. The likelihood of Villanueva staging a comeback of this size is very low considering he has only won around four out of 10 votes counted so far.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s department announced that Villanueva planned to speak to the media at 2 p.m., fueling speculation he could concede to Luna.

Support for Measure A, a ballot measure that would give the County Board of Supervisors the power to fire a sitting sheriff, also remained overwhelming as updated results showed nearly 71% of voters were in his favor. The measure will pass if a majority of voters approve it.

Villanueva struggled to build momentum throughout the campaign. He finished first in the primary in June but only won 31% of the vote – a disappointing performance for an incumbent and not enough to avoid a runoff against Luna, who finished second with 26% of the vote.

Luna, who led the Long Beach Police Department for seven years before retiring last year, positioned himself during the campaign as the no-nonsense alternative to Villanueva and vowed he would work with elected officials across the country. county that Villanueva reviled. He received endorsements from all five county supervisors, and the sheriff candidates he defeated in the June primary gave him their support.


Los Angeles Times

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