LOS ANGELES — The Latest on a special election for an open Assembly seat in California (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Three candidates are standing out from a crowd of 13 candidates as they seek spots in a runoff for an open seat in the state Assembly.

After early votes were counted Tuesday night to fill the seat representing northeastern Los Angeles, Mike Fong had a sizable lead with about 23 percent. But that puts him nowhere near the 50 percent needed to claim the seat outright, and Fong appears headed to a December run-off.

In second place in the field of nearly all Democrats is Luis Lopez, who has about 18 percent of the vote. He’s followed closely by Wendy Carrillo with about 17 percent.

The other ten candidates are running well behind.

The Assembly seat was vacated this summer by now U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez. The Democrat was elected to Congress in a special election to replace Xavier Becerra, now California’s Attorney General.


11:45 a.m.

The polls is northeastern Los Angeles are open for voters to choose among 13 candidates vying for an open seat in the state Assembly.

If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote the top two candidates will go to a run-off in December.

California’s 51st Assembly District is one of the most solidly Democratic in the state, with a heavily Latino population and a large block of LGBT voters. Ten Democrats and no Republicans are running for the seat. The other three candidates represent the Libertarian Party, the Peace and Freedom Party or have no party preference.

The seat was vacated this summer by now U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez. The Democrat was elected to Congress in a special election to replace Xavier Becerra, now California’s Attorney General.