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California governor candidate Villaraigosa’s staff complains about Latinos left off of LA County voters rolls — may question vote totals

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An error by Los Angeles County has left 118,000 people’s names off the voter rolls for today’s primary election.

The story is developing, but KPCC reports that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa “seemed somber” as they looked at vote totals and are talking to attorneys. They have asked to keep the polls open later in Los Angeles.

Villaraigosa was asked if he plans to challenge the vote total and said it’s “too early” to decide.

According to the Villaraigosa campaign it seems 118,000 names were kept off the rolls due to a printing error. Of those, the campaign believes Latinos may have been hit especially hard.

“Obviously this is unprecedented to have this number,” Villaraigosa said.

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

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