July 12, 2001 04:29 PM

The Mob has the advantage over the White House in this year’s Emmys competition. In a near-rerun of last year’s race, HBO’s Mafia hit “The Sopranos” edged out NBC’s political favorite, “The West Wing,” 22 nominations to 18 (though came Emmy night, “The West Wing” all but shut out “The Sopranos,” and took home a record nine trophies). James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco of “The Sopranos” grabbed top acting nods, as did last year’s winner, Martin Sheen of “Wing.” Other nominated best dramas are “ER,” “Law & Order” and “The Practice.” With 12 nominations, “Will & Grace,” last year’s winner, led in the comedy division. It will compete for the top prize with “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Frasier” and “Sex and the City.” Other top contenders were “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows,” an ABC miniseries about the life of the late singer (13 nominations) and Billy Crystal’s HBO baseball drama “61*” (12). In the new category of reality programming, nominations went to CBS’s “Survivor” and Fox’s “American High,” among others. The Emmys, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will be broadcast from L.A. on CBS on Sept. 16.

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