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Torie Osborn declines to endorse Richard Bloom or Betsy Butler in West Side race

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After a close primary election, former candidate Torie Osborn declines to make an endorsement in the 50th Assembly district where Richard Bloom is running against Assemblywoman Betsy Butler.

The race in the state Assembly’s 50th District was one of the most competitive in the June primary, ending with four candidates — three Democrats and a Republican — separated by just 1.7 percentage points in the West Side district. Now, as the two finalists — both Democrats — fight it out in November, the primary’s third Democrat has declined to make an endorsement.

Back in June, Torie Osborn, L.A. Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services, finished just 861 votes behind Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and 731 votes behind Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. An endorsement from Osborn might swing the race next month, but she told KPCC she has declined to back either of her fellow Democrats.

As for the endorsements they do have, Butler lists Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Assembly Speaker John Perez, while Bloom has former county Supervisor Ed Edelman and former L.A. City Controller Rick Tuttle.