Democratic Rep. Karen Bass was expected to walk away with the race to become the next mayor of Los Angeles. The progressive former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus has the endorsement of government unions, Democratic activists and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Then came Rick Caruso – a prominent former Republican, real estate developer and philanthropist – and Ms. Bass is no longer a sure bet.
The race is now a clash of visions: the progressive ideologue versus the liberal pragmatist. If no candidate wins a majority of votes in Tuesday’s nonpartisan primary, the top two will face off in November’s general election.