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Hahn wins Los Angeles mayor's race

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Hahn celebrates Wednesday morning in Los Angeles  


LOS ANGELES -- City Attorney James Hahn was elected mayor of Los Angeles after a hotly contested campaign against Antonio Villaraigosa, a former state Assembly speaker.

With all precincts reporting, Hahn led 53.5 percent to 46.5 percent. Unofficial vote totals Wednesday morning were 293,273 for Hahn and 254,491 for Villaraigosa.

Hahn was jubilant in victory.

"Our campaign put together a coalition as diverse as this great city. We had Asia Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, Latinos, Anglos, Indo-American, Pakistani-Americans, Armenians," Hahn told a cheering crowd of supporters. "We had Democrats, Republicans and independents too - and I have always been committed to bringing the great people of this city together and I am committed to keeping the city of L.A. together."

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The Los Angeles mayor's race is nonpartisan, although both men are Democrats.

Hahn, 50, who calls himself "Jim," was elected Los Angeles City Attorney for a record fourth time in 1997.

Villaraigosa, 48, served as California Assembly speaker from 1998 to 2000; Assembly member, 1994-2000, and is past president of Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union; organizer, United Teachers-Los Angeles.

Hahn will replace outgoing Mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican, who was prohibited from running for a third term by law.








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