How can a billionaire candidate win the Los Angeles mayoral race even before the general election?

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  • The Los Angeles primaries will be held on June 7.
  • Unless a candidate receives more than 50% of the votes, the top two winners advance to the general election.
  • Billionaire Rick Caruso has invested over $23 million in his campaign so far and is a highly visible candidate.

Los Angeles will vote for a new mayor this year – starting with the June 7 primary. city ​​and county election codeThe primary may be the only time people in the city vote for a mayoral candidate.

The two candidates with the most votes in the primaries then go to the general election in November — it turns out a candidate gets 50% + 1 vote, in which case he directly wins the overall race.

This law applies to all city and county races, including the LA County Sheriff and LA City Council, According to LAist. However, it does not apply to state-level or federal races, in which case the two candidates will continue regardless.

LAist points out that this scenario is more likely when there are only a few names on the ballot and one of those names has wide recognition (usually an incumbent candidate). Neither of these scenarios applies to the LA mayoral race.

There will be 12 names on the ballot – 10 candidates and two have withdrawn from the race, but their names will still appear. Incumbent Eric Garcetti was dismissed and nominated for the post of US Ambassador to India (but not yet confirmed by the Senate).

This last survey From late March to early April, billionaire Rick Caruso of the Institute for Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley — self-proclaimed business innovator, civic leader and philanthropist – Current 24% of Angelenos lead other candidates, saying they are the best choice.

carusoA 63-year-old former Republican, he headed the LA Police Commission, was a member of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Electricity, and developed several outdoor malls, including the Grove. according to ForbesCaruso’s


net worth

4.3 billion dollars.

He’s had his rage lately The local political wing of Planned Parenthood, in a letter, to him You. He inquired about past donations to GOP anti-abortion candidates, including Mitch McConnell (in 2007), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (in 2017), and former Governor John Kasich (in 2016). Caruso argued that he was pro-choice.

Campaign ads filled the Los Angeles airwaves, cable boxes, and social media feeds as he spent $11 million promoting his campaign through the media. According to the Los Angeles Times.

He has already spent 23 million dollars In his campaign so far, Los Angeles Times also reported.

Rep. Karen Bass follows Caruso closely with 23%. And 39% of Angelenos are still undecided about their top pick, according to a UC Berkeley poll. Other candidates, including councilor Kevin De Leon and community organizer Gina Viola, sit in the single digits, according to the UC Berkeley poll.