Twelve names will be on the June 7 Los Angeles mayor’s race list, and two have been leading the field since April when Rick Caruso, developer and civic leader, began spending advertising money and quickly tied the establishment Democrats’ candidate, Congressperson Karen Bass.
The latest polls show that about 70 percent of the electorate has closely divided their vote between Caruso and Bass, with about 15 percent undecided. City Councilperson Kevin de León has been in a consistent 3rd place with about 6 to 8 percent of the vote. People are already voting by mail and drop-off voting.
It is unlikely one of the candidates can get to 50 percent on June 7 and avoid the November 8 run-off. It is assumed Bass has the advantage in the run-off due to the larger and more partisan (Democratic) general electorate. One recent poll did a head-to-head with Bass and Caruso and she had a 9-point lead, 48 percent to 39 percent.
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