Karen Bass projected to become the first female mayor of Los Angeles

She will succeed outgoing Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has served since 2013.

Updated: November 16, 2022 - 9:36pm

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California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass is projected to win her bid to become Los Angeles's first female mayor, triumphing over fellow Democrat Rick Caruso.

With roughly 70% of the vote in, the Associated Press called the race for Bass, who led Caruso by a 53.1% to 46.9% margin. The race did not include a Republican candidate, though Caruso was previously registered as a member of the party.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both endorsed Bass in the race.

"We are in a fight for the soul of our city," Bass said on election night. "We are going to build a new Los Angeles."

She will succeed outgoing Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has served since 2013.

The city has faced rising crime, homelessness, and cost-of-living issues that have frustrated residents and driven a modest exodus in recent months.