Parks in tight race to keep his seat

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With an unknown number of provisional and absentee ballots from the 8th District still to be counted, the outcome of a tight race for the City Council seat representing the South Los Angeles area remained up
in the air today.

Councilman Bernard Parks declared victory early today after unofficial results showed him with 50.89 percent of the vote.

The vote tally shows, however, that Parks is only 140 votes above the threshold needed to avoid a May 17 runoff with labor-backed Forescee Hogan-Rowles, who came in second with 43.99 percent.

Steven Alvarado, spokesman for the City Clerk's Election Division, said 33,000 absentee ballots and 9,000 provisional ballots from across the city still needed to be counted and would be tallied over the next several days. He could not say how many of those ballots were cast in the 8th District.

Steve Barkan, spokesman for Hogan-Rowles, said the candidate will wait until the rest of the absentee ballots and all of the provisional ballots have been counted before making her next move.

She refused to concede as of late Tuesday, telling supporters, "We areless than one percent away from forcing a runoff.''