State Board of Equalization member Judy Chu took an early lead in the race to replace Hilda Solis and represent the 32nd Congressional District.
Twenty minutes after the polls closed, with ten percent of polls reporting — mostly vote by mail ballots – Judy Chu had 42 percent of the vote.
State Sen. Gil Cedillo, considered her main Democratic rival, had 17 percent.
Republican Betty Tom Chu, a Monterey Park City Councilwoman, had 13 percent; followed by 26-year-old Democratic Emanuel Pleitez, a financial analyst, with 8 percent; Republican Teresa Hernandez, a restaurant owner, with 8 percent; and Republican David Truax, a former mayor of Covina, with 7 percent.
If no single candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top vote-getters from each party move on to the general election on July 14.