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Schiff, Gatto easily win their political races

Both Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) had resounding wins in their races to remain in office on Tuesday.

With 100% of the precincts counted, Schiff received 69,944 votes, or 76%, in the U.S. 28th Congressional District, while his opponent, L.A. real estate broker Steve Stokes, got 22,083 votes, or 24%, according to election results from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk's Office.

In the 43rd state Assembly race, Gatto garnered 40,167 votes, or roughly 65.8%, and his challenger Todd Royal, a businessman from La Cañada, received 20,883 votes, or about 34.2%.

Schiff said he was grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the 28th District.

"In the upcoming session, I will again focus on restoring our economy, creating jobs and helping small businesses succeed," Schiff said in a statement on Wednesday morning. "It is also clear that voters are deeply dissatisfied with the paralyzing dysfunction in Congress, and I will do all I can to find common ground with my colleagues from both parties, not only in fixing our economy, but also in the key national security challenges facing our country."

Gatto said public service is both an honor and a "grave responsibility."

"Politics is about more than winning elections, it is about good public policy. That's why I was so honored to see that two measures that I co-authored passed statewide," he said in a statement. "Prop. 2, the enhanced Rainy Day Fund, is something I have championed for five years now. Its passage is a major reform, and the culmination of a lot of work. Prop. 1, the Water Bond, is something I spent much of the spring and summer on crafting. It will do much for our water supplies in the Golden State."

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