Gomez elected to Congress for Boyle Heights-Koreatown area

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Democratic state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has won in the special election for California's Congressional District 34. (KABC)

Democratic state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has won in the special election for California's Congressional District 34, beating attorney Robert Lee Ahn by a substantial margin.

The congressional district extends from Boyle Heights in the east through downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown. Both candidates are Democrats.

Election night results had Gomez with about a 60-40 lead over Ahn, who called to concede Tuesday evening.

Democrat Jimmy Gomez (right) defeated Robert Ahn for California's Congressional District 34 seat.



The seat was left vacant after long-time Congressman Xavier Becerra was appointed to be California's attorney general after serving in Congress for more than 20 years.

Ahn had been aiming to become the first Korean-American member of Congress in decades, but Gomez was considered the frontrunner, with endorsements from Becerra and other local political leaders.

County officials said nearly 33,000 ballots were cast, for a turnout of 10.9 percent.

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