Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s hopes of avoiding a runoff in her bid for reelection were fading Friday, with updated results from the primary election showing her in danger of falling below 50% of the vote.
The latest update from Tuesday’s election show Lacey with exactly 50% of the vote, but her percentage has been steadily slipping as county election workers continue tabulating ballots.
The first tally from Tuesday’s election showed Lacey with 51.6% of the vote. But as late, provisional and mail-in ballots were tallied, that margin dropped to 50.7%, then 50.1%, and then to 50% on Friday.
If she does not get more than 50% of the vote, she will be forced into a November runoff against George Gascon, who was San Francisco’s top prosecutor for 11 years.
There are about 678,000 ballots left to count, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office.