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Hispanic Candidate Leads in L.A. Mayor's Race

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Hispanic Candidate Leads in L.A. Mayor's Race

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Hispanic Candidate Leads in L.A. Mayor's Race

Hispanic Candidate Leads in L.A. Mayor's Race

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NPR's Madeleine Brand speaks with Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov about the results of Tuesday's citywide vote for mayor of Los Angeles. Antonio Villaraigosa won 33 percent of the vote, guaranteeing him a slot in a runoff race with the second-best candidate. Mayor James Hahn and rival Bob Hertzberg are separated by less than 6,000 votes with 24,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. If Villaraigosa wins the May 17 runoff election, he will be the first Latino politician to be mayor of Los Angeles since the 19th century.