In a historic election, at a historic venue, District Attorney candidate Jackie Lacey delivered on her promise to make history and will be elected Los Angeles' first female District Attorney and first African American District Attorney.
When Lacey greeted the large crowd at Union Station, early results showed her in the lead with 56% of the vote, leaving rival Alan Jackson facing defeat with 44%.
The capacity crowd at Union Station urged Lacey to declare victory, but with her classic grace and modesty, Lacey declined to stake an early claim to victory.
As the results trickled in, delayed by weather conditions hampering helicopter deliveries of ballots, Lacey's margin of victory remained constant; a steady 10 point lead over Jackson.
Michael Goldstein, who had worked tirelessly on Lacey's campaign and who had organized the Election Party, took to the podium to introduce two the stars of the evening.
District Attorney Steve Cooley introduced Lacey's mother to the crowd, and in a brief, moving and emotional speech, Jackie Lacey's mother thanked the people of Los Angeles for making history.
Lacey, clearly delighted with the strong showing from the results, declined to claim victory even though those results showed an unassailable lead.
By midnight, Lacey's lead remained where it started, 10 points ahead of Jackson. Lacey spoke to the crowd declining to call the election, but saying it was time to call it a day. Lacey urged her supporter to go home and promised an announcement in the morning.
As we close this article, 60% of precincts have reported and Lacey remains firmly 10 points ahead of Jackson, with the chances of any upset now a statistical impossibility.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's website can be accessed by this link to update the latest results, but the race is essentially over. Jackie Lacey has been elected as our next District Attorney.