L.A. Mayoral Race Led By Karen Bass And Kevin de León According To New Poll

In a contest to see who will lead America’s third largest city, the California congresswoman is only slightly leading in a new poll.

A new poll is revealing just how close the mayoral race in Los Angeles is.

In Loyola Marymount University Center for the Study of Los Angeles’ latest poll Rep. Karen Bass  still has a small lead (16 percent) on the field of candidates but the race is very tight. City Councilman Kevin de León is in second (12 percent).

Perhaps most telling in the survey is that more than 40 percent of self-identified registered voters remain undecided with the June primary just over three months away.

Bass has been successful among the mayoral candidates in raising campaign funds. She raised nearly $2 million in finances, beating de León’s $1.3 million, according to data from the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.

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“The race is wide open in my mind,” said Fernando Guerra, director of LMU’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles, according to the THe Los Angeles Times. “This poll says there’s an opportunity for someone to catch fire and catch up quickly.”

A native Angeleno, Bass began as a community organizer. In 1990, she founded the Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment in response to the crack cocaine epidemic that had devastated south Los Angeles. She was also the state Assembly speaker before being elected to Congress in 2011. From 2019 to 2021, she was chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Councilman Joe Buscaino, City Attorney Mike Feuer and real estate developer Rick Caruso are among the other candidates in the crowd field attempting to replace outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti.

View the poll results here.

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