Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan held election night coverage at the Tally Operation Center in Downey at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Ballots cast in Vote by Mail precincts are counted in the first bulletin. Logan announced semi-final results, noting a total of 822,545 ballots were processed and counted, with 14.45 percent of the county’s 5.6 million registered voters casting those ballots.
Under California’s “top two” primary system, in which all candidates appear on the same ballot, the top two vote-getters, regardless of their political party affiliation, advance to the Nov. 8 general election.
At this first glance, developer and former Republican Rick Caruso received 42.14 percent of the vote in his bid to become mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), former chair of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, had 36.95 percent of the vote.
“You are our strength,” Bass told supporters Tuesday night at her election night party in the W Hotel in Hollywood. “And together we will make a city a place where you can afford to live, a place where you want to live, because you feel safe, because the air you breathe is clean and because people are no longer dying on our streets. But not with empty promises of the past, but through a bold path forward.”
Caruso spent more than $40 million in television, radio, mail and print campaign ads to acquaint himself with city voters. But Bass is undaunted and looks forward to the November election as the candidates compete to lead the nation’s second largest city.
“So look, Angelenos know the difference between a sound bite and a solution and so do I,” Bass said.
Incumbent Curren Price, who represents the 9th District in the city council, had 66.46 percent of the vote to keep his office, while opponent Dulce Vasquez had 33.54 percent.
In Council District 15, which entails the areas of Wilmington, Harbor City and Port of Los Angeles areas, Tim McCosker was leading the race with 38.36 percent of the vote, with Danielle Sandoval close behind with 29.71 percent.
The LA City special municipal election Measure BB was winning a “yes” vote, with 64 percent of the votes in its favor.
In the county assessor’s race, incumbent Jeffrey Prang was leading with 45.78 percent of the vote to keep his office. Competitor Sandy Sun had 24.26 percent.
It looks like the County Sheriff’s office will also be determined in November, as current Sheriff Alex Villanueva had 34.38 percent of the vote, compared to Robert Luna, who had 24.53 percent.
November’s LA City Attorney race may feature Marina Torres (20.74 percent); Faisal Gill (19.81 percent); or Richard Kim (19.80 percent).
The City Controller’s race may feature Kenneth Majia (37.17 percent) and Paul Koretz (24.73 percent).
During the state’s September 2021 recall election, 41 percent of county voters took advantage of the early voting period, mailing in their ballots or voting when centers opened before election day. Fifty-nine percent of voters during that special election turned out on election day.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, who defeated the recall, has so far earned 59.67 percent of the June 7 vote to keep him as California’s governor. He may not have to face a runoff election this November if his tally stays above 50 percent.
Eleni Kounalakis may also keep her current lieutenant governor position, as 52.63 percent of voters marked her on Tuesday’s ballot.
Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber had 61.57 percent of the vote as of press time.
The race for state controller has Republican Lanhee Chen at 33.15 percent and Democrat Malia Cohen at 20.33 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning. Four other candidates for the position all have less than 16 percent of the vote.
State Treasurer Fona Ma may keep her position, as she earned 60.36 percent of the votes counted so far.
State Attorney General Rob Bonta may also keep his spot. He has garnered 57.98 percent of the vote.
In the race for insurance commissioner, incumbent Ricardo Lara leads with 38.25 percent of the vote, compared with Marc Levne, who has 18.19 percent, and Robert Howell, with 15.39 percent.
Tony Vazquez leads in the race for the third district member of the State Board of Equalization, with 62.68 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Tony K. Thurmond leads in the race for superintendent of public instruction, with 46.33 percent of the vote. His closest competitor, George Yang, had 11.21 percent.
Some of California’s other state races featured:
• State Senator, 28th District (Encompasses several South and West LA communities, plus Century City, Cheviot Hills, Del Ray, Downtown and West Adams) – Lola Smallwood-Cuevas has 38.94 percent of the vote, leading Cheryl Turner, who has 31.35 percent and Joe Lisuzzo, who has 17.63 percent.
• State Assembly, 55th District (Includes Culver City, Palms, Mid-City, West Adams, parts of South and West LA) – Isaac G. Bryan had 82.44 percent of the vote.
• State Assembly, 61st District (Ranges from Hawthorne to SoFi Stadium and from Lawndale to West Los Angeles) – Robert Pullen-Miles was leading with 37.34 percent of the vote, in front of Tina Simone McKinnor, who had 29.57 percent.
• State Assembly, 62nd District, short term through Dec. 5. Seaat is currently vacant after Autumn Burke of Marina del Rey resigned on January 31. (District runs from South LA to the South Bay and Westside parts of the county) – Tina Simone McKinnor is running for this office as well and garnered 51.75 percent of the vote, ahead of Robert Pullen-Miles, who had 48.25 percent.
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla was featured on the ballot twice. Once for the regular six-year term ending in January 2029 and once for him to keep the spot for the remainder of the current term, vacated by then Sen. Kamala Harris, which ends in January of 2023.
Padilla had 57.67 percent of the vote so far in the full term election. He had 60.78 percent of the vote for the short term spot.
November could signal changes to California’s 52-member House delegation, the largest in the nation. Some U.S. Representative races include:
• 27th District (encompassing the Santa Clarita, Palmdale and part of Simi Valley areas) – Incumbant Mike Garcia (CA-27) had 49.56 percent of the vote and challenger Democrat Christy Smith had 35.36 percent.
• 28th District (stretching from West Hollywood to Pasadena and from Echo Park to the Angeles National Forest) – Incumbent Adam Schiff (CA-28) currently is a member of the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack. Schiff had 60.37 percent of the counted votes.
• 37th District (Rep.Karen Bass’ current area includes Culver City, Inglewood and parts of South L.A.) – Democrat Sydney Kamlager garnered 41.67 percent of the vote, with Democratic challengers Jan Perry (18.51 percent) and Daniel Lee (16.20 percent) nearby.
• 43rd District (Includes parts of South LA, along with Torrance Hawthorne, Lawndale, Gardena, Inglewood, and Lomita) – Democrat Maxine Waters had 71.5 percent of the vote.
Election results are available to view and download at LAVOTE.GOV. The first post-election ballot count update is scheduled for Friday, June 10.