*This is today’s big Latino political story. Polls close in Los Angeles at 8pm Pacific Daylight Time. This is going to be a classic voter mobilization race – whoever gets their voters to the polls today wins. VL

By Suzanne Gamboa and Rebekah Sager, NBC News (9 minute read)  

Voters in southern California go to the polls Tuesday in a showdown for a U.S. House seat that has become a contest between a larger, but historically less engaged Latino electorate and fewer, though revved-up, Asian American voters.

Two-term California Assembly member Jimmy Gomez faces attorney and former Los Angeles city planning commissioner Robert Lee Ahn in the Congressional District 34 race. The seat opened up after the district’s former congressman, Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra, resigned to be sworn is as the state’s first Latino attorney general.

Latinos make up about 50 percent of registered voters, while voters of Asian descent, the country’s fastest-growing racial group, are about 16 percent.

But the primary showed that Ahn’s chance to be the first Korean-American elected from the district has excited some of the Asian population, particularly those who share his Korean background. Gomez and Ahn were the top two finishers in the primary, with Gomez winning by 1,313 votes.


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