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Bass, Caruso in ‘dead heat’ in Los Angeles mayoral race


At the beginning of the week,  Los Angeles mayoral candidates Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37) and real estate developer Rick Caruso were nearly tied in a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll of likely voters.

The poll, which was co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, found that Caruso had support from 24 percent of likely voters, while Bass was supported by 23 percent. The estimated margin of error is about 3.5 percent in either direction.

The poll was conducted from March 29 through April 5. A previous poll sponsored by The Times and conducted by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies in February found that Caruso had only 8 percent support from likely voters, while Bass was the first-choice for 32 percent. About 40 percent of likely voters said they were undecided in both polls.

The latest poll showed a decrease in support for Councilman Kevin de León, who had 8 percent support in February and 6 percent now. None of the other candidates—including Councilman Joe Buscaino and City Attorney Mike Feuer—received more than 2 percent support from likely voters, the Times reported.

Caruso also received the most support among likely voters who prioritized crime and public safety in their determination of candidates, with 38 percent of them favoring Caruso, giving him a 4-1 lead over Bass.

However, the most important issue to voters was homelessness, with 61 percent of likely voters saying the issue was key to how they would vote. None of the candidates showed an established advantage regarding homelessness, the Times reported.

Bass is favored by likely voters who said housing affordability was their top issue, as well as with those who listed climate change and racial justice.

The primary will be held June 7, with the top two finishers meeting in a runoff Nov. 8.