Billionaire businessman Rick Caruso jumped to an early lead over rival Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) when the votes were counted Tuesday night, with 8,000 votes, or about 41% to 38%.
The left-wing Bass is the choice of the Democratic Party establishment and was nearly selected as Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 election.
Caruso, a Republican turned independent and turned Democrat, is pursuing a pledge to solve crime and homelessness, pointing to his successful career as a real estate developer — a tactic that has earned him comparisons from critics to Donald Trump.
The race has divided the Hollywood elite, as Breitbart News reported:
Stars like Jennifer Aniston, Kumail Nanjiani, Amber Tamblyn and Billy Eichner are urging fans to vote for Bass. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow and Katy Perry face Caruso.
Jennifer Aniston and Magic Johnson have backed Bass, according to a Bloomberg News report. Meanwhile, Caruso has received support from Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow.
If neither of the top two candidates can secure an outright majority, they will move to a runoff election in November to determine the overall winner.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT). He is the author of the recent ebook Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential election from a conservative perspective. He is winner of the Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship 2018. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak†