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Karen Bass’ lead over Rick Caruso shrinks as LA’s mayoral election campaign enters final weeks: Poll


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A new poll shows that the gap between the two candidates for mayor of Los Angeles is narrowing.

The new poll from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies places Rep. Karen Bass ahead of businessman Rick Caruso – 34% to 31% among all voters.

Caruso is now just 3 points behind – which is within the poll’s margin of error. In August, Caruso was 12 points behind.

Among the likely voters, Bass still leads by 15 points – 46% to 31%.

Caruso’s campaign last week released a new ad called the “Church of Karen,” which alternates a speech Bass delivered at a 2010 Church of Scientology event with negative headlines about the controversial church.

“Associating me with the Church of Scientology is ridiculous,” Bass told ABC7. “I am a Baptist. My pastor is Norman Johnson and I have never been associated with Scientology and absolutely condemn their practices.”

Caruso said he believes Bass is hiding something related to a recent break-in at her home in which two guns were stolen and two people were arrested.

“Why doesn’t she tell us what kind of guns they were?” he said. “We now have two more guns on the street. We have the highest level of gun violence. Why doesn’t she show us the box they were kept in? She says it was in accordance with LA city law, well, prove it. “You have an obligation. You’re running for mayor.”

Bass responded by saying, “I think Caruso knows better than this, and to be someone who’s had my house robbed and my opponent pretending to be the criminal to me is kind of pathetic.”

The ballots will be mailed from Thursday. Election day is November 8.

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