Los Angeles elect first black woman mayor

Angelenos have elected Karen Bass as mayor, first woman to head America’s second biggest city.

Lifelong Democrat Bass, who is Black and a longtime US congresswoman, beat an immensely well-funded challenge from former Republican property developer Rick Caruso, who spent an eye-watering $100 million of his own money on the race.

With almost three-quarters of the vote counted, Bass had a lead of around 46,500, according to a tally released Wednesday, which local media dubbed “insurmountable.”

Counting continues and election officials are set to certify the results on December 5.

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