Photos: Caruso and Bass will face off in L.A. mayoral showdown in November

Rick Caruso and wife Tina laughing at an election event
Rick Caruso and wife Tina had good reason to celebrate on election night.
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Billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass will square off in a November runoff in their costly race to become Los Angeles’ next mayor, with the two far ahead of the rest of the primary field.

Caruso held a narrow but widening lead over Bass in partial returns late Tuesday night. Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León was third, far behind the leaders, with progressive activist Gina Viola fourth.

With a November showdown apparently looming, both candidates said the results put them in a good position to win five months from now.

Karen Bass gesturing as she speaks at an election event, surrounded by supporters
Rep. Karen Bass addresses supporters at her election-night party at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
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Sheriff Alex Villanueva meeting supporters at an election party
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva meets supporters in Boyle Heights on election night.
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Robert Luna and wife Celines surrounded by supporters with election signs on a patio
Retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, center, and wife Celines celebrate election night with supporters at the couple’s home in Long Beach.
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Rick Caruso holding out his hands as he greets supporters at an election event
L.A. mayoral candidate Rick Caruso greets supporters at the Grove on election night.
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Karen Bass striding to the microphone as a speaker introduces her and others raise campaign signs
Karen Bass strides to the microphone at her election-night party at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
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Rick Caruso standing and leaning down to talk on a cellphone held up by a seated man
Rick Caruso leans in to talk on the phone to a friend of Ray Alarid’s while getting lunch Tuesday at Al & Bea’s in Boyle Heights. Alarid said he’d convinced the friend to vote for Caruso for L.A. mayor.
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Karen Bass leaving a polling place with a young woman and boy
Mayoral candidate Karen Bass, center, leaves the polling place Tuesday after casting her primary vote with grandson Henry Depaz, 7, and daughter Yvette Lechuga at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.
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Kevin de León squatting down with his elbows on a table as he chats with patrons in a restaurant booth
Mayoral candidate Kevin de León, right, chats with patrons at Arado Japanese restaurant in Koreatown before Tuesday’s primary election.
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Sheriff Alex Villanueva leaving a polling station
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva after voting in California’s primary election at the Park in La Habra Heights on Tuesday.
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Cameron Porsandeh votes as his bulldog stands by
Cameron Porsandeh votes with his bulldog in the primary election at Westminster Elementary on Tuesday.
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Meltonya Bell of Leimert Park, right, carries her granddaughter as she votes
Meltonya Bell of Leimert Park, right, carries her granddaughter Layla Johnson, 6 months, as Bell and her sister Norene Bell, left, vote at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall on Tuesday.
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Kalei Taylor-Trim walks past an American flag
Kalei Taylor-Trim, 38, voted in the primary election at Westminster Elementary on Tuesday.
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Janice Slattery puts a vote sticker on her poodle, Randy
Janice Slattery puts an “I Voted” sticker on poodle Randy after voting at the Park in La Habra Heights on Tuesday.
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A family takes a selfie
Hermilia Bustamante, her son Carlos, 4, and daughter Maria, 7, take a selfie with “I Voted” stickers, after Bustamante voted at the Boyle Heights Senior Citizen Center on Tuesday.
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Chelsea Martinez at a voting machine
Chelsea Martinez, 29, votes in the primary election at Westminster Elementary on Tuesday.
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A sign with arrow pointing toward polling place
A voter exits after casting their ballot in the primary at the Park in La Habra Heights on Tuesday.
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Robert Hinkley rides a bike while shirtless
“I had no idea it was election day. I’m not much of a voter,” said Robert Hinkley, 57, a former plumber who has been homeless since 2019 and is now living in temporary housing downtown. “No one [candidate] really inspires me. I guess I’m jaded. They’re all corrupt.”
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Janice Slattery votes as two dogs lie at her feet
Janice Slattery votes as her poodles, Randy and Trucker-T, wait at the Park in La Habra Heights on Tuesday.
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Poll worker Sheila Rodgers assists voters
Poll worker Sheila Rodgers assists voters at Westminster Elementary on Tuesday.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Hands hold an "I Voted" sticker
Derryl James, 34, voted in the primary election at Crenshaw High on Tuesday. He said he voted not for the sticker, but because it was his civic responsibility.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso hugs his son
Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso stops to hug his son Justin while filling out his ballot at the Boyle Heights Senior Citizen Center on Tuesday.
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Voters cast their ballots
Voters cast their ballots Tuesday at the Park in La Habra Heights.
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A voter casts a ballot with his dogs
A voter casts a ballot with his dogs at the James Wood Community Center polling station in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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Mayoral candidate Karen Bass speaks to the press
Mayoral candidate Karen Bass, with grandson Henry Depaz, 7, speaks after casting her ballot at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall on Tuesday.
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A voter checks in at a polling place
A voter checks in to cast a ballot at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall on Tuesday.
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