Posted BY: Joel B. Pollak

Billionaire businessman Rick Caruso jumped to an early lead over rival Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) as votes were counted Tuesday evening, leading by 8,000 votes, or roughly 41% to 38%.

The left-wing Bass is the choice of the Democratic Party establishment, and was nearly selected as Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 election.

Caruso, a Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, is running on a promise to fix crime and homelessness, pointing to his successful career as a real estate developer — a tactic that has earned him comparisons, from critics, to Donald Trump.

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The race has divided the Hollywood elite, as Breitbart News has reported:

Stars including Jennifer Aniston, Kumail Nanjiani, Amber Tamblyn, and Billy Eichner are urging fans to vote for Bass. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry are stumping for Caruso.

Jennifer Aniston and Magic Johnson have thrown their support behind Bass, according to a report from Bloomberg News. Meanwhile, Caruso has garnered backing from Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow.

If neither of the top two candidates can win an outright majority, they will head to a runoff in November to determine the overall winner.