Villaraigosa Wins 2nd Term as LA Mayor
Easy victory paves way for possible 2010 governor bid
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2009 6:42 AM CST
Musician Sheila E., left and Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa play a congo with a latin band at the grand opening of The Conga Room, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
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(Newser) – Antonio Villaraigosa cruised to a second term as mayor of Los Angeles, avoiding a run-off with his nearest rival. With 99% of precincts reporting the mayor had secured 55.5% of the vote, although turnout was low. After a tough first term and the exposure of an extramarital affair, Villaraigosa was banking on a strong showing to bolster a possible gubernatorial run in 2010.