Los Angeles DA George Gascón Emerges Victorious in Primary, Faces Showdown with Hochman in Runoff


Embattled Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón emerged as the primary frontrunner despite facing criticism for his progressive approach to criminal justice. Gascón will now face former attorney general contender Nathan Hochman in a runoff, highlighting a clash between progressive and traditional approaches to law enforcement.


In the primary, Gascón secured about a fifth of the vote, surpassing Hochman and other challengers. Hochman, who raised $2 million for his campaign, aims to capitalize on voter concerns regarding crime and homelessness.

Gascón's tenure has been marked by controversy, with critics accusing him of being soft on crime. However, he has remained committed to his campaign promises, including ending the death penalty, not charging juveniles as adults, and reforming bail policies.


One recent development saw Gascón exonerating two men wrongfully convicted of murder, a decision that drew criticism from the Downey Police Department. Despite opposition, Gascón emphasized the importance of accountability and seeking the truth.


The runoff election in November will determine the future direction of Los Angeles County's criminal justice system, with Gascón advocating for progressive reforms and Hochman promising to reverse many of Gascón's policies. This race reflects broader debates surrounding law enforcement and public safety, with implications for the nation's largest law enforcement jurisdiction.