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Congresswoman Karen Bass speaks against the recall at California Governor Gavin Newsom's recall election rally in Culver City, CA, Sept, 2021. (Photo: Maxim Elramsis/Shutterstock)

Bass Takes Narrow Lead Over Caruso in Latest LA Mayoral Primary Vote Update

‘She has the lead now, but the economy is starting to hurt, crime is still huge, and a lot of issues Bass has been boosting herself up on are starting to crumble’

By Evan Symon, June 15, 2022 2:30 am

According to the latest results of the Los Angeles Mayoral primary election released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk on Tuesday, Congresswoman Karen Bass now has a three point lead over  real estate developer Rick Caruso, now leading for the first time since results first started coming out the night of the 7th.

Last Wednesday, Caruso had a 4 to 5 point lead over Bass with one-third of the vote being tabulated. Specifically, Caruso had 99,852 votes, with Bass at 91,716 and Councilman Kevin de Leon at 17,401. Percentage wise, this left Caruso at 41.2%, Bass at 37.8%, and de Leon at 7.2%. However, a large number of mail-in votes, and votes dropped off at voting centers, remained to be counted, with the Registrar quickly counting those in the last week. By June 10th, Caruso was still in the lead, but with his lead now down to only a point and a half. Bass quickly gained steam with more mail-in votes being counted during the weekend, boosting her to 41% of the vote, with Caruso down to 38%, a near reversal from only a week before.

With many votes left to be counted, many expect Bass to continue her climb over Caruso. However, many also believe that Caruso will still be within striking distance of Bass when the final numbers come out, especially if Caruso gains the support of De Leon and other top endorsements.

Despite this, Bass is already capitalizing on the swing of votes going her way, with the Congresswoman pointing out the spending differences in the campaign so far.

“You would have thought $40 million compared to $3 million, that I would have been wiped out,” said Bass on Tuesday shortly after the Registrar total came out.

Bass take slight lead over Caruso

LA Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso following Primary election victory on 6/8/2022. (Photo: Rick Caruso for Los Angeles)

Caruso supporters, in turn, have noted that Bass is clinging on to her endorsement support, with Caruso receiving far fewer endorsements, with those he are getting tending to be more substantive, such as backing by police groups or prominent individuals in the city rather than other politicians and unions.

“That’s what people don’t realize,” explained  Jan Ives, a Washington-based local election analyst, to the Globe on Tuesday. “Bass has the typical ‘machine’ support with other lawmakers and unions, either of the same party or closely alliance with them. She’s relying solely on the typical Democratic LA voters. Caruso has been spending more, but look at where it has been going. He has been outreaching to the Latino and Asian communities heavily, have brought issues like crime and homelessness to the forefront, and has been frustrating the Bass campaign. She expected this to be a Sunday drive. She didn’t expect this to be an actual race. A race against a former Republican no less.”

“She has the lead now, but the economy is starting to hurt, crime is still huge, and a lot of issues Bass has been boosting herself up on are starting to crumble. Again, yes, Caruso spent more, but he has also put in the leg work.”

“This is really going to come down between a status quo Democrat with a long history of elected office with a somewhat rocky history in the city or Caruso who has no elected experience but is pressing issues she wasn’t and building up a base of support on his own that Bass has just taken for granted.”

“Even with Bass up, this will still be one heck of a race. Which is all the more surprising because no one thought it was going to be.”

The next vote releases are due out on Friday, with final figures expected sometime in the coming weeks.

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18 thoughts on “Bass Takes Narrow Lead Over Caruso in Latest LA Mayoral Primary Vote Update

  1. This is because of ballot harvesting, which is controlled by the Democrat machine. Until this is stopped we will continue to have elections like this all over the State.

  2. Bass looks like Roz from “Monsters, Inc.”…

    Caruso reminds me of Richard Riordan, the most effective mayor LA has had in DECADES….

  3. So radical leftist Democrat Karen Bass now has a narrow lead over Rick Caruso? No doubt the deep-state Democrat cabal that controls LA is working over-time using their usual Democrat voter fraud tactics to ensure that Karen Bass is installed into office?

    1. Up printing & back-dating mail-in ballots by the bucketload….printers are running 24/7….

      Until the public rises up (a la New Mexico) and decertifies votes via D0mini0n systems, our Constitutional Republic is going to be DOMINATED by the Democrat “machine” and their D0mini0n machines….

  4. The people of L.A. keep voting race pimpette extraordinaire Waters into office at every election, so it doesn’t surprise me that they want a Cuban intelligence buddy like Bass to go to city hall and finish the destruction of a once great city. That’s how LA DemocRAT voters roll.

  5. Universal mail-in ballots must be outlawed. Those are the ballots being counted now; so it’s no surprise that Bass is gaining votes.

    1. It would not surprise me to see an exposure of actual boiler rooms where the collected stacks of mail-in ballots are being filled in by an army of low-paid ne-er-do-wells. You guys need to watch your step —– real, actual, citizen voters whose precious votes have been and are being stolen are becoming MORE fed up, not less.

  6. L.A. will continue going down the toilet. L.A. was once a beautiful city. It’s now a dump. The voters are so indoctrinated, they are like robots selecting (D) at every election. They are clueless.

    1. No kidding, it’s obvious, isn’t it. Let’s have a look at those late-counted “votes.”
      You cheating people who are ‘useful idiots,’ I sure hope you are from out of town and are able to return to wherever-that-is quickly, because you sure as heck won’t want to live in a Karen Bass-run city, which will only be a continuation of a Yoga Pants Garcetti-run city; a downward spiral and no escape. And if you think you will be exempt because your “friends” will exempt you —— think again.

  7. This election is going to need a major sting or intervention to STOP THE CHEATING in November. It’s obvious what is going on here. It’s been going on for YEARS, no surprise. If we knew nothing else but Karen Bass’ new-found smugness and that scads of suspicious ballots were waiting to be counted, that would be enough to know what is really going on. WE MUST HAVE A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION. Not something concocted by the Marxist unions and Marxist candidate backers.

    1. “Dominion” : noun
      Control or the exercise of control; sovereignty.
      A territory or sphere of influence or control; a realm.

      Or, hidden in plain sight….

      1. It’s true, CD9. And bizarre that it is indeed hidden in plain sight. Wish I knew the answer, or at least had a magic wand.

    1. Yes, I saw that story too, CD9. And in New Mexico yet! (Although maybe Otero County is an anomaly.) Wish whatever good stuff is in their water that makes them think better would be drunk by everyone else who is using these darn machines.

    2. Here is an update to the Otero county non-certification decision because of lack of confidence in Dominion voting systems. (https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/after-refusing-certify-primary-results-nm-county-ordered-state-supreme). The KEY paragraph is this:

      “The decision by the commissioners not to certify the election results comes after the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a report earlier this month that detailed nine vulnerabilities in Dominion’s Democracy Suite ImageCast X voting system, which is a voting machine, not a tabulation machine.”

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