The Democrat takes over as the second Black mayor in LA’s history, beating a rival who spent over $80m of his own money on the race
The congresswoman Karen Bass was elected mayor of Los Angeles, defeating billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso and becoming the first woman to run the second-largest city in the US.
The Democrat, who has served as a US representative for more than a decade, had amassed an insurmountable lead of nearly 47,000 votes, with 70% of the votes counted, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, nearly one one week after the election. Caruso had a slight lead in the first counts after the polls closed, but Bass soon surpassed him and steadily increased her lead as ballots were counted.
Bass, who will also become the second Black mayor in LA’s history, overcame a huge financial disadvantage. Caruso poured more than $100m (£87m) of his own money into his campaign, which spent roughly ten times as much as the congresswoman’s.
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