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Neophyte Patty Lopez takes Raul Bocanegra's California Assembly seat
Neophyte Patty Lopez takes Raul Bocanegra's California Assembly seat

After weeks of vote tallying, political neophyte Patty Lopez has unseated incumbent Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, a fellow Democrat, in an upset that has sent shock waves beyond their San Fernando Valley district. Lopez, a relative unknown, was universally expected to lose, especially since her competition was an ascendant legislative leader backed by a powerful Valley political faction. Bocanegra, a first-term lawmaker who harbored ambitions to be the next Assembly speaker, was the top vote-getter in the primary by a nearly 40-point margin. But he trailed in early vote returns election night, shocking Sacramento's political establishment. After the final vote count Monday, he was...

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