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Bloom lead over Butler narrows in Assembly race

November 21, 2012 | 11:22 am

Santa Monica Mayor Richard's Bloom lead over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler in a tight Westside race has slipped to just 79 votes, the latest tally showed.

An updated ballot count Tuesday by the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder's office put Bloom's vote total to date at 85,508, or 50.02%, while Butler has 85,429, or 49.98%.

The next update will be Friday afternoon, elections officials said.

Countywide, nearly 216,000 ballots remain to be counted, officials said. They could not provide an estimate for the still-to-be-counted number in this contest, for the 50th Assembly District.

Both candidates are Democrats so the outcome will not affect the balance on power in the Assembly but could reflect on Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles), who strongly backed the incumbent Butler, as did the California Democratic Party.


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Photos: Assembly candidates Betsy Butler and Richard Bloom. Credits: Butler campaign and, for Bloom, Danny Moloshok/Associated Press