Karen Bass' lead over Rick Caruso shrinks as LA mayoral election campaign enters final weeks: Poll

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Gap between LA mayoral candidates Bass, Caruso narrowing, poll says
With Election Day just weeks away, the gap between Rick Caruso and Karen Bass in the Los Angeles mayor's race has narrowed, a new poll finds.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A new poll shows the gap between the two candidates for Los Angeles mayor is shrinking.

The new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll puts Rep. Karen Bass ahead of businessman Rick Caruso - 34% to 31% among all voters.

Caruso is now just 3 points behind -- which is within the poll's margin of error. In August, Caruso trailed by 12 points.

Among likely voters, Bass still leads by 15 points - 46% to 31%.

Caruso's campaign released a new ad last week called "Church of Karen," which takes a speech that Bass, delivered in 2010 at a Church of Scientology event and intersperses it with negative headlines about the controversial church.

The two candidates for mayor of Los Angeles agree that the city is in crisis, but during a debate at the Skirball Cultural Center, they shared their different approaches to addressing homelessness and crime as they head to Election Day in November.

"It's ridiculous to associate me with the Church of Scientology," Bass told ABC7. "I am a Baptist. My minister is Norman Johnson and I have never ever been affiliated with scientology and absolutely condemn their practices."

Caruso said he believes Bass is hiding something in connection with a recent burglary her home, in which two guns were stolen and two people were arrested.

"Why doesn't she tell us what kind of guns they were?" he said. "We got two more guns on the street now. We have the highest level of gun violence. Why doesn't she show us the box that they were kept in? She says it was pursuant to L.A. city law, well, prove it. You've got an obligation. You're running for mayor."

Bass responded by saying, "I think that Caruso knows better than this, and to be someone who had my house robbed and to have my opponent turn it on me as though I am the criminal, is kind of pathetic."

Ballots will be mailed out starting Thursday. Election Day is Nov. 8.