AD 50: Too close to call on the Westside

Richard Bloom Betsy Butler

Richard Bloom campaign/Betsy Butler campaign

The race for the Assembly's 50th District was too close to call this morning but Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and Assemblywoman Betsy Butler appeared to be headed to the November runoff.

The November runoff to represent a new Assembly district that stretches from Hancock Park to Beverly Hills and Malibu was too close to call this morning, though an incumbent Assemblywoman and local mayor were in the lead.

Assemblywoman Betsy Butler led the four-way race with 25.9 percent of the vote. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom was close behind with 25.6 percent. If those numbers hold, the two Democrats will face one another in the November runoff to represent the 50th District.

Torie Osborn, the former head of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and a former aide to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, was holding on with 24.3 percent of the vote. Republican Bradly Torgan, an environmental attorney, rounded out the field with 24.2 percent, according to the uncertified results.

Butler has been serving in the Assembly's 53rd District, which runs south from Marina del Rey to Torrance. Once new district lines were drawn, Butler moved to Beverly Hills rather than stay in a reconfigured district that moved east to include Inglewood and Hawthorne.

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