Democrat Ted Lieu won the 53rd Assembly District seat in a special open primary Tuesday, September 13th, receiving almost 60 percent of the votes cas and, avoiding a November 8th runoff.

Lieu will serve out the remainder of the term of former Assemblyman Mike Gordon, who died in June.

Lieu will become 53rd District assemblyman as soon as the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder certifies his election, which must be by Tuesday, October 11th. He faces a reelection to a two-year term next year.

Only 16.8 percent of the district’s 239,658 registered voters voted Tuesday.

Lieu received 24,119 votes — 59.89 percent of the votes cast;

Republican Mary Jo Ford received 7,733 votes — 19.2 percent;

Republican Paul Nowatka received 4,711 votes — 11.7 percent;

Republican Greg Hill, who had withdrawn from the race but whose name still appeared on the ballot, received 2,040 votes — 5.07 percent;

Republican Paul Whitehead received 862 votes — 2.14 percent; and

Peace and Freedom candidate James R. Smith received 810 votes — 2.01 percent.

The election was an open primary. Voters could vote for any of the six candidates on the ballot, regardless of party affiliation.

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