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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Election results are available to view and download at LAVOTE.GOV. The first post-election ballot count update is scheduled for Friday, June 10.