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Butler, Bloom Increase Lead In 50th Assembly Race

50th Assembly District Democrat candidate Betsy Butler (center back) with several of her supporters on primary election night at the bar Eleven in West Hollywood.
Photo by Brenton Garen
50th Assembly District Democrat candidate Betsy Butler (center back) with several of her supporters on primary election night at the bar Eleven in West Hollywood.
Richard Bloom with his mother and sons on primary election night at Brick and Mortar in Santa Monica.
Photo by Roger Morante
Richard Bloom with his mother and sons on primary election night at Brick and Mortar in Santa Monica.
50th Assembly District Republican candidate Brad Torgan (center) with his supporters at the bar Eleven in West Hollywood on primary election night.
Photo by Brenton Garen
50th Assembly District Republican candidate Brad Torgan (center) with his supporters at the bar Eleven in West Hollywood on primary election night.
50th Assembly District Democrat candidate Torie Osborn (center front) with some of her supporters at her headquarters in West Hollywood on primary election night.
Photo by Brenton Garen
50th Assembly District Democrat candidate Torie Osborn (center front) with some of her supporters at her headquarters in West Hollywood on primary election night.

Posted Jun. 9, 2012, 3:15 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

50th Assembly District Democrat candidates Betsy Butler and Richard Bloom have increased their leads in the race for the two spots on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

As of 5:53 p.m. on Friday, incumbent Butler (D-53) still leads the race with 25.9 percent of the vote (13,677 votes). Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom remains in second place with 25.6 percent of the vote (13,542 votes).

This puts Bloom 710 votes ahead of Republican candidate Brad Torgan who moved into third place with 24.3 percent of the vote (12,832 votes). This is a slight increase for Bloom who led Democrat candidate Torie Osborn by 673 votes on Thursday morning. Osborn has now fallen into last place with 24.2 percent of the vote (12,811 votes).

A new district, the 50th Assembly will represent Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, West Hollywood, and Westlake Village. In all, there are 80 assembly districts in California.

All results cited courtesy of the California Secretary of State’s office, which can be view here: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/state-assembly/district/50.

The result is still not official as vote-by-mail, provisional, and write-in ballots are always tallied up to 28 days following the election.

The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Counting will resume next week.

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