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An L.A. County sheriff's race like no other
An L.A. County sheriff's race like no other

With seven candidates, no incumbent and no odds-on favorite, the June 3 election for Los Angeles County sheriff is the most wide-open race in years. But how wide open? And in how many years? The answer to both questions depends in part on how one categorizes Lee Baca's election in 1998. Baca resigned in January to avoid a tough campaign for a fifth term. But when he first ran in 1998, incumbent Sheriff Sherman Block died a few days before election day. Block's name was still on the ballot, however. Block's supporters actually stepped up their campaign, arguing that voters should elect the dead man to pay tribute to him, and to allow the Board of Supervisors to name a sheriff...

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