Votes are still being counted in the race to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, but the latest batch of election results show Rick Caruso’s lead over Karen Bass diminishing.
Caruso carried a 12,000-vote lead into Wednesday, with about one million ballots left to be counted across Los Angeles County.
The Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office released updated vote totals Thursday afternoon. The new totals showed the gap between the two candidates had shrunk to less than 3,000 votes.
With 59% of precincts reporting, Caruso currently leads with 273,941 votes with Bass receiving 271,246 so far.
Both Bass and Caruso have expressed optimism about their chances of ultimately being declared winners.
The Bass campaign released a statement to the media and supporters that reads: “In the coming days, the voice of the people of Los Angeles will be heard and we feel confident that we will win. As mayor, Karen Bass will chart a new direction for Los Angeles with comprehensive solutions for homelessness, public safety and affordability.“
Caruso released a statement to KTLA that reads: “There are a lot of votes to count. We’re cautiously optimistic about these numbers and looking forward to the next series of results. There is so much work to be done around homelessness and crime, we’re eager to move forward.”
Election officials said updated vote totals will be released when a significant amount of ballots had been counted.
With the race being so close, the final results of the election may not be known until Friday or even Saturday.