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L.A. County Supervisor Races: Janice Hahn, Kathryn Barger Hold Early Leads

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Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) spoke to reporters Sunday in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) held a large early lead Tuesday night in the primary race for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, but it was not yet clear whether she would garner the majority needed to avoid a November runoff.

In a second county contest, Kathryn Barger, chief of staff to the current supervisor, was the top vote-getter in initial results. She was followed by state Sen. Bob Huff, with former Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian close behind. That contest appears almost certainly headed for a runoff.

This year’s election represents the second phase of a major shift on the Board of Supervisors brought on by term limits approved by voters in 2002.

Departing supervisors Don Knabe and Michael D. Antonovich have been on the board for decades. Knabe was first elected in 1996 and Antonovich in 1980. They are the two Republicans on the officially non-partisan five-member board.

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