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L.A. Democrats optimistic as early results roll in
L.A. Democrats optimistic as early results roll in

State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and three campaign consultants stood huddled around a laptop in a hotel ballroom in Universal City, hitting refresh.When the first batch of results in Tuesday's primary election were reported, Padilla smiled. With 10% of precincts reporting, he was in second place in the race to replace outgoing Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Republican Pete Peterson was in first place. In contests for statewide office, candidates who finish first and second — regardless of party — will compete in a November runoff. "We're off to a good start," Padilla said. He was one of several elected officials ringing in election night at a watch party hosted by the Los...

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