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Officials continue to release results from the March 7 L.A. County election. With most of the votes counted, results show:

Councilman Gil Cedillo on early returns: 'I like where we’re at'

Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo said he was feeling optimistic he would score an outright victory and avoid a runoff by winning more than 50% of the vote on Tuesday.

“I like where we’re at,” he said in an interview with The Times at his election-night party at the Ebell Club in Highland Park.

With 28% of the vote counted, Cedillo had 53% of the vote, while his closest rival — bike activist Joe Bray-Ali — had 33%. But if Bray-Ali and two lesser-known challengers can push Cedillo below 50%, the top two vote getters would face off in a May runoff election.

Cedillo, who served in the Legislature for 14 years before being elected to the council in 2013, pointed to his long history representing his district as the reason he would be victorious.

“We have experience and the public knows us. We didn’t just move into the district,” Cedillo said in a barely veiled criticism of Bray-Ali. “Our politics have been consistent for decades and that’s why we have a following.”

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