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LA Voters Face Choice Between Billionaire and Political Vet for Mayor

  • Developer Caruso pours $37.5 million into campaign for mayor
  • US Congresswoman Karen Bass vows to use political connections
Karen Bass and Rick Caruso

Karen Bass and Rick Caruso

Photographer: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

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Los Angeles voters are heading to the polls with two very different mayoral candidates leading the pack: Rick Caruso, a billionaire one-time Republican making his first bid for elected office, and veteran Democratic politician and former community activist Karen Bass.

Polls show the likely outcome of Tuesday’s election will be a runoff vote between Caruso and Bass, with City Councilmember Kevin de Leon ranking a distant third. Unless one candidate gets more than 50% support in the nonpartisan primary, the top two vote-getters will face off in a Nov. 8 general election.