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Waxman Widens Lead to Represent Venice in 33rd Congressional District

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By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch

Longtime Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman widened his lead early Wednesday over independent challenger Bill Bloomfield to represent the newly drawn 33rd Congressional District that now includes Venice.

Waxman had 54.3 percent percent of the vote over Bloomfield’s 45.7 percent with 80 percent of the 468 precincts reporting, according to data released early Wednesday from the Los Angeles County Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Waxman, 73, has served in Congress since 1975 and was competing in a newly drawn district that runs along the coast from Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes and also includes Beverly Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village. The district was redrawn last year to reflect population changes recorded in the 10-year Census.

Waxman in 2008 won re-election to the 30th Congressional District, which didn’t include Venice and the South Bay, as an unopposed candidate.

Bloomfield, 62, was a lifelong Republican who recently became an independent. He was a co-founder of “No Labels,” a political organization dedicated to reducing partisan gridlock in government.

The Waxman-Bloomfield was one of several local contests in Tuesday’s General Election that saw President Barack Obama handily win a second term in office. Obama was declared the winner of the race for the White House about 8:17 p.m. after securing key battleground states in the East and Mid-West and shortly after polls closed in California.

With 80 percent of the vote counted in Los Angeles County, Obama had a wide margin of victory with 69.1 percent of voters choosing him and Vice President Joe Biden compared to 28.6 percent for Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, who as a consolation prize won his House seat in Wisconsin.

In 2008, Obama won 69.2 percent of the vote in Los Angeles County.

In other results, Democratic incumbent Steven Bradford recorded a landslide win in the race for the 62nd State Assembly District that includes Venice. Bradford had 72.6 percent of the vote with 80 percent of precincts reporting compared to 27.4 percent for perennial candidate Mervin Evans, also a Democrat. The newly configured district also includes Playa del Rey, Westchester, Los Angeles International Airport, as well as Lennox and Inglewood.

The race for Los Angeles County District Attorney was tilting toward Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey who had 55 percent of the vote compared to 45 percent for gang prosecutor Alan Jackson with 80 percent of precincts reporting. Lacey will become the first black and first female district attorney in county history.

L.A. County voters also were endorsing Measure B, an ordinance that would require adult film performers to wear condoms while engaged in sex acts with 56.3 percent in favor and 42.7 opposed with 80 percent of precincts reporting. County voters also were supporting Measure J, a measure to extend a 0.5 percent sales tax to accelerate Metro plans for mass transit, with 65 percent in favor and 35 percent against.

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