In a race marked by hundreds of thousands of dollars of "independent expenditures" by anti-consumer attorney forces (big corps, big insurance) aimed at stopping non-profit development director Betsy Butler from gaining the Democratic nomination (and, later, for securing the nomination for James Lau), Butler is poised to burst through that opposition and claim the Democratic nomination in California's 53rd Assembly District.
With nearly 55 percent of the vote counted in this eight-way race, Butler has steadily expanded her lead over Lau and the others as ballots cast on election day are added to the earlier tabulated vote-by-mail ballots. Butler has collected 26.2 percent of the votes cast, while Lau stands at 18.5 percent. Manhattan Beach Mayor Mitch Ward holds 14.8 of the vote, while Deputy City Attorney Nick Karno has moved up to 13.9% of ballots cast. Attorney Kate Anderson, a Mar Vista Community Council member trails the pack of double-digit contenders with 12.1 percent of the vote.
Peter Thottam. Edgar Saenz and Diane Wallace all hover around five percent of the vote.