LA Mayoral Race 2022: Karen Bass extends lead over Rick Caruso in latest numbers

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Congresswoman Karen Bass extended her lead over developer Rick Caruso to more than 9,000 votes in Saturday’s Los Angeles mayoral election as ballot counts continue.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk released the latest numbers, with Bass receiving 306,990 votes to Caruso’s 297,527 votes, a margin of 50.7% to 49.3%.

However, hundreds of thousands of ballots are still untold, and a winner may not be determined for days or even weeks. The next update will be provided between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, according to election officials.

Further updates will be announced every Tuesday and Friday until all ballots are counted.

Sarah Leonard Sheahan, Bass’ communications director, said in a statement following Thursday’s results that the campaign was confident Bass would ultimately prevail.

“In the coming days the voice of the people of Los Angeles will be heard and we are confident that we will win,” Sheahan said.

“As predicted, this is a close race,” said Caruso. “Hundreds of thousands of votes need to be counted and as expected we will see different results each time. I remain cautiously optimistic on these numbers and look forward to the next set of results in the coming weeks.”

Bass, a six-year member of Congress, is trying to become the first woman and only the second black person to lead Los Angeles. Caruso, a billionaire developer, is trying to win over a campaign that’s on track to spend more than $100 million — much of it from Caruso’s own fortune — to put him in office.

The winner will take leadership of a city grappling with a deepening homelessness crisis and a scandal that engulfed City Hall last month after three council members and a senior county labor official attended a leaked call in October 2021 which contained racist comments and attempts to manipulate redistribution.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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