Gomez elected to Congress for Boyle Heights-Koreatown area

LOS ANGELES (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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