State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian beat former Hollywood studio executive Christine Essel in Tuesday's election to fill the city's Council District 2 seat.

With 19,170 votes cast, Krekorian took 56 percent to Essel's 43 percent for that shot at the City Council. See for yourself at the City Clerk's website.

As we told you recently, the race between Essel and Krekorian has drawn more than $2 million in spending and contributions from powerful unions and other special interests that often benefit from the city's largess. So we're not sure what the difference is between to the two. But we'll be watching.

LA Weekly