Democrat Judy Chu and her distant cousin Republican Betty Tom Chu will face off in an runoff election on July 14.
With 89 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, Democrat Gil Cedillo was still far behind Democrat Judy Chu in the race to fill the 32nd Congressional District seat vacated by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Chu had 32.5 percent of the vote compared to Cedillo’s 23.8. Chu jumped out to a huge lead after absentee ballots were reported . Although Cedillo narrowed the gap throughout Tuesday night and so far Wednesday morning, he is likely too far behind to catch Chu.
For the Republican race, Betty Tom Chu, a distant cousin to Judy Chu, was leading with 10.2 percent of the vote. Not far behind was Republican Teresa Hernandez, owner of Cielito Lindo restaurant in South El Monte, with 8.3 percent of the vote. Hernandez’s campaign spent about $100,000, but she may have suffered from lack of name recognition. Betty Tom Chu is currently on the Monterey Park City Council and has long history in local politics and deep connections in the local banking community.
Newcomer Emanuel Pleitez also made a strong showing for the Democratic nomination. He earned 13.7 percent of the vote.
Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the winners from each party are scheduled to square off on a July 14 runoff..