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U.S. Representative Karen Bass speaks to the media at a polling place in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

The spending in the Los Angeles mayor’s race to replace term-limited mayor Eric Garcetti has been astronomical by any measure.

Real estate developer Rick Caruso, a billionaire and former Republican who changed his registration to a Democrat earlier this year, has spent at least $40 million on his bid, according to the latest tallies released by the City of Los Ethics Commission. Angeles – with much of that money coming from loans to his campaign.

Former frontrunner Karen Bass, a six-term Democratic congresswoman who was selected as a potential running mate for President Biden, had spent less than $3.3 million in comparison at the time of this report. June 1 last.

Despite this massive financial imbalance, polls still show a close race between the two that is almost certain to head for a runoff after all ballots are counted in Tuesday’s primary.

Bass entered this final straight adopting the position of a cheerful warrior. Dressed in a red suit after greeting voters at church on Sunday morning, she spent the day on one last tour of Los Angeles – from the south-central to the city’s west side – in a red double-decker bus, dancing on Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. as she waved to drivers and people on the sidewalk from the open-air upper deck.

At one point, she spoke the words to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” alongside labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who had joined the tour during a stopover in Boyle Heights.

Alongside Bass, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a close friend and ally who has known Bass since the 1970s, danced to the music. In aviators and black skinny jeans, he was on his feet (getting into the groove) so often while the bus was in motion that he nearly got timed by a traffic light and then a tree branch. And at one point, he ducked off a power line as the bus headed from South LA to Eastside.

“Mr. Mayor, please remain seated,” an aide implored.

Rallying the canvassers she encountered at numerous stops, Bass urged them not to be intimidated by Caruso’s spending.

“I don’t care how much money you spend, people power wins!” she said in a megaphone

Villaraigosa sought to amplify that message throughout the day with a simple refrain: “LA is not for sale.”

Watch CNN’s Kyung Lah report on the LA mayoral race and where the votes stand: