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Bloom Declares Victory in Assembly Race

The latest vote count for the very close race with opponent Betsy Butler puts Bloom ahead by more than 1,200 votes.

Richard Bloom is on his way to Sacramento as the 50th Assembly District's newly elected representative, he announced Wednesday. The most recent tally put Bloom ahead by 1,246 votes.

Bloom narrowly defeated Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, who until redistricting took effect this election cyle represented the 53rd District. Both candidates are Democrats.

"I look forward to working on the issues that matter to my constituents—education, jobs, the economy and protecting the environment," Bloom said in a statement. "I want to congratulate Ms. Butler on a spirited contest and send her my best wishes for future success."

Election results are expected to be certified by Friday, and Bloom said he will be sworn in Monday in the state capitol.

Butler has not yet publicly conceded the race.

District 50 consists of Santa Monica, Malibu, Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Carthay Square, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains and Agoura Hills.

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