LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Carson's cookie case crumbled.

Councilwoman Julie Ruiz Raber was sued by an opponent for alleged electioneering after she delivered cookies to nearly every poll worker in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson on election day last March.

But Superior Court Judge Alexander Williams III ruled Tuesday that the gesture -- delivery of snickerdoodles to 24 of 30 polling places -- didn't constitute electioneering. The decision allows Ruiz Raber to keep her council post.

"I was fighting for democracy," Ruiz Raber said, calling it a sour grapes "frivolous lawsuit."

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