L.A. mayoral primary turnout rises as Bass widens lead over Caruso
With Rep. Karen Bass and Rick Caruso moving to the runoff, turnout in the Los Angeles mayoral primary appears to have come in higher than years past.
43% Bass 36% Caruso. Latest count. There saved you your 1 free LA times article.
With nearly all ballots counted as of Tuesday afternoon’s update, turnout had reached about 30% of registered voters in the city of Los Angeles. That’s up from 20% in the 2017 primary, when Mayor Eric Garcetti won reelection with 81% of the vote.
Countywide turnout was 28.4%, and officials said the vast majority of this latest batch of about 43,000 ballots came from people who had voted by mail.
Bass’ lead over Caruso has grown as election workers processed ballots that were either dropped off in the days leading up to the primary or postmarked and mailed in by election day. On election night, Bass trailed Caruso by 5 percentage points.
The latest results show Bass’ lead growing slightly, winning 43% of votes to Caruso’s 36%.
I am stunned at how poorly Caruso did. He spent $40M to get get barely 1/3rd of the vote. Bass ran almost no TV ads and ended up closer to winning outright than she is to second place. Caruso will have to change strategies for November.
It's wild how the media ran with the false narrate that LA "is rejecting progressive policy"/ "warning sign for Democrats" headlines based on early election results and have quietly moved on without retracting those false headlines. I don't live in LA anymore and thought Caruso was on top up until I saw this post today since national media is done with the race after proclaiming LA rejected the left. Bass outperformed her polling despite Caruso spending 40 million of his own money trying to buy 1st place.
I fucking hate the media.
I’m happier that Caruso lost more than that Bass won, ngl.
How do you spend 30 million in a local race and not win 40% of the vote, while you have opponents who spend 45k and win 6% of the vote?
Seems like this strategy was not thought through.
Good. Rick Caruso is a pathetic candidate. He spent so much money, misled the people of LA and still lost. Hope he loses again in the next election.
The mayoral race matters, and it's important that Bass is leading, but LA's mayor is a pretty weak office. The mayor can't really do that much, and almost everything that Caruso has said he will do is not within his power.
The race that matters the most, in my opinion, is the Sheriff's race. Villanueva has to fucking go. The Sheriff's Department is mind bendingly corrupt and dangerous and he sits at the top of it. He ran as a reformer and has been anything but.
LMAO this will never not be funny.
Just blast the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" theme anywhere Caruso goes.
When are Stolen accusations starting? Isn't that the new GOP playbook?
We're about to see just how smart of a business guy Caruso is by whether he stays in the race or lets his ego/pride keep the campaign tap going until his almost inevitable defeat in November. Or maybe he goes the middle ground, stays in but stops all campaign spending. The "defeat with honor" route.
If Ricky does drop, wonder what Kevin De Leon would do as that would make him the other candidate as the third place finisher June 7th. If he also declined, then Gina Viola gets the slot and that could be interesting, as she was the only one who ran on halting all new LAPD hiring. I can see AOC fan type voters rallying around her. She wouldn't win, but it would certainly boost her visibility enough for her to take a shot at another seat somewhere.
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