LA Mayoral Primary: Caruso and Bass Advance to November Election

LA Mayoral Primary: Caruso and Bass Advance to November Election
(L) Karen Bass in Los Angeles on April 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Leon Bennett/Getty Images) (R) Rick Caruso in Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 2019. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Caruso)
Jamie Joseph

LOS ANGELES—In the Los Angeles mayoral race, real estate billionaire Rick Caruso and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) will face off in the Nov. 8 General Election, after far surpassing the other candidates in the primaries.

As of early morning on Wednesday, June 8, Caruso had 42 percent of the vote, while Bass was slightly behind at 37 percent. Caruso received 133,059 votes, with Bass receiving 116,688.

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de Leon trailed far behind the two frontrunners, receiving 23,665 votes. Fourth behind is activist Gina Viola, gaining just 16,520 votes.

Caruso held an early celebration during his watch party with supporters.

“We are doing so well tonight … people have gone to the voting booth and sent a message,” Caruso said during his watch party at the Grove. “We are not hopeless in the face of our problems.”

Although early polls showed Bass in a slight lead, Caruso has received support from several noteworthy figures, including endorsements from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, rapper Snoop Dogg, and singer Katy Perry.

Bass also received support from celebrities in Hollywood, including singer Ariana Grande, actress Jennifer Garner, and directors J.J Abrams and Steven Spielberg.

Jamie is a California-based reporter covering issues in Los Angeles and state policies for The Epoch Times. In her free time, she enjoys reading nonfiction and thrillers, going to the beach, studying Christian theology, and writing poetry. You can always find Jamie writing breaking news with a cup of tea in hand.