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Raul Bocanegra will return to California Assembly

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Raul Bocanegra will return to California Assembly

Raul Bocanegra reclaimed his Assembly seat Tuesday. (Los Angeles Times)
Raul Bocanegra reclaimed his Assembly seat Tuesday. (Los Angeles Times)

Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando) has lost her seat to Raul Bocanegra, the former assemblyman she unseated in 2014.

Bocanegra received 61.1% of the vote with all precincts reporting, and the Associated Press called the race Wednesday morning.

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FOR THE RECORD

11:23 a.m.: An earlier version of this post said Lopez received 61.1% of the vote. Bocanegra received that amount.

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Lopez's election to the Assembly was one of the biggest surprises of 2014. A local activist and political neophyte, she ran a bare-bones campaign funded in part by selling tamales and pozole, and shattered expectations that Bocanegra would coast to reelection.

It became a cautionary tale for incumbents who might be inclined to ignore their reelection races, with many who would typically be considered safe increasing their spending.

During her first months in office, Lopez faced calls to step down, struggled to retain staff and showed a distrust of the establishment.

She failed to win the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, which instead endorsed Bocanegra. In recent months Lopez had complained she didn't "feel respected" by her Democratic Assembly colleagues, some of whom had endorsed and were campaigning for Bocanegra.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Liam Dillon contributed to this report.

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