Rep. Karen Bass has expanded her lead in the race to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.
The latest results released by the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office Monday afternoon showed Bass jumping ahead of Rick Caruso by more than 29,200 votes.
The new vote totals showed Bass holding with 354,948 votes, a total of 76% of counted ballots. Caruso has so far received 325,677 votes.
Caruso carried a 12,000-vote lead into Wednesday, with about one million ballots left to be counted across Los Angeles County, but as more votes were counted through the weekday that lead began to shrink.
Both Bass and Caruso have expressed optimism about their chances of ultimately being declared winners, but it will be several more days, or perhaps weeks before a winner is declared.
An automatic recount would be triggered if both candidates are separated by less than half a percentage point when votes are done being counted.
Another update from the county is expected on Tuesday.