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Republican Now in 3rd in Assembly Primary Race

In the 50th District, Brad Torgan is behind Betsy Butler—who is in the lead—and Richard Bloom, who is in second place; Torie Osborn has moved to last. The primary results will be updated next week.

Brad Torgan, a Republican from West Hollywood, swung into third place Friday in the .

Los Angeles County elections officials processed 59,243 ballots Friday that weren't recorded Tuesday, the day of the June 5 primary. Of those, 4,452 were from voters in the 50th district, which spans the Westside and includes Agoura Hills, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.  

The top and last-place candidates are separated by 1.64 percentage points.

By only 135 votes, incumbent Betsy Butler is maintaining her lead over Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, who is still in second. He appears confident that he'll retain one of the two top spots and compete in the general election in November.

"I'm thrilled to be in the runoff and I feel honored given the competition," Bloom told the Santa Monica Mirror.

Election-night results are always unofficial, as vote-by-mail, provisional and write-in ballots are 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.

Torgan has replaced political organizer Torie Osborn, a Democrat from Santa Monica, to take third. Osborn slipped into last place, separated by a mere 21 votes.

"I suspect I will move ahead of Osborn based on how we did in the absentees that were counted election day and that Bloom may move into first for the same reason," he wrote in an email Wednesday, before the latest results were released.

Countywide, the clerk-recorder's office still has 117,044 ballots to count. It is unclear how many of those are in the 50th district. The next official update is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Osborn posted the following statement on her website:

There will be much opportunity to analyze the statistics when the precinct numbers come in, in a few weeks. But this is a time to thank each and every one of you for supporting a first time candidate on a mission to lift the political conversation in our battered state—so we can reinvest in California Dreamin' again…
My work will take a different course than I had hoped. But I look forward to working with you along the way. You and your support have been the lasting gifts of this campaign, and I will always be grateful.

Her campaign did not return messages seeking comment.

"While I am deeply disappointed that Torie Osborn will not be representing our Assembly district in Sacramento come November, I take comfort in knowing that we will once again be represented by a dedicated Democrat," said Beverly Hills Planning Commission Vice Chair Brian Rosenstein, who campaigned for Osborn.

Candidate Party Votes Percent BETSY BUTLER DEM  13,677 25.87 RICHARD BLOOM DEM  13,542 25.62 BRADLY S TORGAN REP  12,832 24.27 TORIE OSBORN DEM  12,811 24.23

What do you think of the latest AD 50 results? Tell us in the comments section below.

Paul Rich June 09, 2012 at 04:51 PM
A minor miracle a fiscal conservative should arise out of solid liberal soil. But then again, if that's the only way to cut off city's public credit card that we must pay. At some point, you can only exact so much revenue from parking meter cops and taxes.
Don Jones June 09, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Way to go Brad Torgan. Looking forward to Tuesday's update.
Marshall Thompson June 10, 2012 at 01:05 AM
It is encouraging to maybe NOT have a one-party state like we do now. We really need to get out of extreme political corners and work together to restore some kind of balance to the State's finances.
Bob Perkins DDS June 10, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Marshall, when are you going to put down the heavy camera?...just looking at the picture of you day after day makes my shoulder sore!
Marshall Thompson June 10, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I'm a working boy, that's all I am!
Bob Perkins DDS June 10, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I don't see what is so news/noteworthy of a Republican being 21 votes from dead last in a 4 person race when he is the only Republican amongst 3 Democrats. It must have been a slow news day. You'd think the guy was just elected Governor of California. This guy "Brad" has received only 24% of the vote and he is the lone Republican? Who is Brad Torgan and why do we care?
R. Daniels June 14, 2012 at 03:36 AM
*You* might not care, but a lot of residents do. The tax and spend, big government liberal Democrats have damaged this state (practically) irreparably, and it is exciting to see a fiscal Conservative place well in a local race!!

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