Incumbent Jackie Lacey conceded in the race for Los Angeles District Attorney against George Gascón, Friday.
Lacey held a press conference Friday morning, saying, “I congratulate George Gascón and his team on their expected victory. There are still about 791,000 votes to count, but my consultants tell me that while I may close the gap between the two of us, I will not be able to make up enough based in the trending of the ballots to win this election.”
Gascón, the former District Attorney for the city and county of San Francisco, and former Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, received 53.8% of the vote while Lacey received 46.1%, in the most recently updated count.
“Los Angeles deserves a new District Attorney who will make our neighborhoods safer, hold police accountable to the communities they serve, and reform our justice system so it works for everyone,” Gascón said during his campaign. “I have reduced violent crime in every leadership position I’ve held while pioneering reforms to reduce racial disparities and end mass incarceration.”
Lacey lost support from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as he flipped his endorsement, while Gascón also received national endorsements from Democratic leaders such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Lacey was also the subject of ridicule from the Black Lives Matter Movement, as the L.A. chapter regularly protested at the Hall of Justice over the last three years, ramping up to weekly Wednesday protests in 2020.
Upon hearing that Gascón was in the lead, BLMLA organizer Melina Abdullah said, “She is out! Tomorrow will be a celebration on the steps of the Hall of Injustice [sic]. Let’s bring her some suitcases and trash bags and pink slips and usher her quickly up out of that space.”
Lacey assumed office in 2012, defeating former prosecutor Alan Jackson, then ran unopposed in 2016.