50th Assembly District Democrat candidates Betsy Butler and Richard Bloom have increased their leads in the race for the two spots on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
As of 5:53 p.m. on Friday, incumbent Butler (D-53) still leads the race with 25.9 percent of the vote (13,677 votes). Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom remains in second place with 25.6 percent of the vote (13,542 votes).
This puts Bloom 710 votes ahead of Republican candidate Brad Torgan who moved into third place with 24.3 percent of the vote (12,832 votes). This is a slight increase for Bloom who led Democrat candidate Torie Osborn by 673 votes on Thursday morning. Osborn has now fallen into last place with 24.2 percent of the vote (12,811 votes).
A new district, the 50th Assembly will represent Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, West Hollywood, and Westlake Village. In all, there are 80 assembly districts in California.
All results cited courtesy of the California Secretary of State’s office, which can be view here: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/state-assembly/district/50.
The result is still not official as vote-by-mail, provisional, and write-in ballots are always tallied up to 28 days following the election.
The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
Counting will resume next week.