Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey slipped further below the 50% mark in her reelection bid after the latest tally of votes from the March 3 primary election released Tuesday, making a November runoff against former San Francisco D.A. George Gascon increasingly likely.

The latest update showed Lacey with 48.79% of the vote, to 28.18% for Gascon. Former public defender Rachel Rossi was third with 23.03%.

Lacey needs to finish with more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. She was above that level when unofficial results were announced after the election, but her margin has been steadily decreasing as the county tallies vote-by-mail, provisional and same-day-registration ballots.

Lacey now has 851,796 votes to Gascon’s 491,931.

According to Tuesday’s update, released by the county Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, 2,071,929 votes have been counted, which is 37.58% of eligible Los Angeles County voters. The estimated number of outstanding ballots left to be counted is 64,000.

An estimated number of outstanding ballots left to be counted is 64,000.

The next vote-counting update is scheduled to be released Friday.

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