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Upset in mayor's race could help reshape Long Beach politics

Upset in mayor's race could help reshape Long Beach politics

Setting the stage for a shake-up in city politics, a councilman and a real estate investor held off heavily favored Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal in Long Beach's mayoral election and will meet in a June runoff.

Unofficial tallies in Tuesday's vote showed Councilman Robert Garcia leading the pack with 25.4% of the vote, and former NFL player and real estate investor Damon Dunn close behind with 22.3%.

Lowenthal, a political heavyweight in the port city, garnered 19.6%. It marked the first time in her lengthy career that she lost an election day contest.

About 7,000 last-minute mail-in ballots and provisional votes remained unprocessed Wednesday evening, according to...

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