Demographics

Caruso goes bust in LA: a Radical-Centrist Analysis

LA Mayoral Vote

Source LA Times

Karen Bass defeated Rick Caruso, by a margin of 53.1% to 46.9%, to become LA’s next mayor. Looking at the election results map, Bass’ strongholds were “gentrifying” Hipster areas like Highland Park and Echo Park, and historically Black neighborhoods, such as Crenshaw/Leimert Park.” The gentrifying areas for Bass, fits with my observation from the vote on the affirmative action measure, that gentrifiers are the most woke. Caruso’s electoral strengths were among the middle class in the San Fernando Valley and San Pedro, affluent areas, and certain working class Hispanic areas. For instance I recently noticed many Caruso for mayor signs in the Valley and Pacific Palisades. The more family oriented affluent areas and single family home areas, especially went for Caruso, while more dense and urban areas went for Bass. Obviously Caruso’s policies on education and public safety were more pro-family, and the left’s policies have increasingly made cities inhospitable for families.

The outlier wealthy areas that voted for Bass were the Hollywood Hills and Venice. Also many areas with young professional apartment dwellers, went for Bass. Among Hispanic areas, it is notable that Caruso did well in Westlake and Pico-Union, which have many recent Central American immigrants, who tend to be poorer and staunchly Democrat, besides more middle class, suburban, Mexican Americans. Caruso also did relatively well in the northeast San Fernando Valley, which is also low income and heavily Hispanic. The mayoral primary vote roughly matched the general election, though Kevin DeLeon did well in both Latino and Hipster areas. Overall Whites and Asians favored Caruso, Latinos were close to split between Caruso and Bass, while Blacks overwhelming favored Bass.

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