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Robert Luna waited in the doorway leading into a small ballroom at The Grand in Long Beach on Tuesday night.
Before him, about 200 people returned his wide grin. On a stage backed by a giant American flag, Mariachi Las Flores blew the jaunty opening notes of “La Diana,” the traditional Mexican song of triumph. Evangelical pastors blew shofars — because, why not?
The first election returns had just come in for Los Angeles County sheriff. Luna, a retired Long Beach police chief, had a commanding lead over incumbent Alex Villanueva. Many ballots were yet to be counted, but victory was all anyone wanted to talk about.
Luna slowly made his way to the stage as the crowd swarmed him for handshakes and hugs. So many people wanted to offer congrats that Luna’s wife, Celines, couldn’t get a cup of water to him, finally asking someone to pass it along.
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