L.A. County sheriff primary results by precinct

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell dominated the open primary Tuesday to lead the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, but appeared to fall short of the majority necessary to avoid a runoff. On Nov. 4, he would face the second-place finisher, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Tanaka won a slight majority in the South Bay city of Gardena, where he serves as mayor, but picked up few votes elsewhere. McDonnell, who earned 49% of the vote with strong support countywide, racked up big margins in Long Beach and in wealthy Westside and South Bay communities along the coast. Patrick Gomez, a retired sheriff's lieutenant, will not advance but did win a pocket of support in heavily Latino areas east of downtown.

Top vote getter

Other or tie

Footnote: The results here are from semi-official tallies released the day after the election. Some provisional ballots remain to be counted.

Source: Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder, Map data (c) OpenStreetMap contributors