Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced he was dropping out of the race for mayor of Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Feuer concluded he could not win the race without a “major infusion” of money and instead would endorse California Rep. Karen Bass, who has been a leading candidate in polling.
“I reviewed my recent polling, and while things are moving in the right direction, without a major infusion of additional money to stay on the air, I can’t win,” Feuer said on Tuesday.
With the June 7 primary elections drawing closer, Bass and businessman Rick Caruso have been atop in a poll by UC Berkeley and the L.A. Times on April 11, with around 25% of voters undecided as of April 11. In the same poll, Feuer had about 2% support.
“Exactly three weeks from today, this city will head to the ballot box to elect a battle-tested, mission-driven leader — someone who has proven in the face of violent crime, economic disaster and a pandemic, that she will always deliver for the people of Los Angeles,” Feuer said in a statement. “I am proud to support Karen Bass to be our next mayor.”
On May 12, Councilman Joe Buscaino dropped out of the race and switched his support to Caruso, who also gained an endorsement from the Los Angeles Police Protection League.
Caruso has spent $24 million on his campaign, compared to $1.2 million by Rep. Bass. Upon switching his allegience, Feuer went on the offensive, handing Caruso blame for USC scandals while he was president of the board of trustees.
“Karen, not Caruso should govern Los Angeles,” Feuer said Tuesday. “And I will do everything I possibly can to assure Karen Bass is our next mayor.”
L.A. City Councilman Kevin de Leon is also still in the race for mayor and has not indicated that he would bow out of the race.
With ballots already mailed out to Angelenos, it will be up to them to decide who will be competing in a November run-off, unless one of the candidates were to receive more than 50% of the vote for an outright win during the primaries.
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