11/08/2012 04:19 pm ET Updated Jan 08, 2013

Betsy Butler: Teachers Union Help Not Enough? - LA School Report

In a race that is still considered too close to call, Assemblywoman Betsy Butler is trailing her upstart opponent, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, by just over 200 votes in Assembly District 50, which covers one of the wealthiest areas of the city from Beverly Hills to the ocean.

In the end, the narrow margin may well hinge on a highly sensitive issue for the teachers union - the dismissal process - as well as a boatload of last minute independent expenditure money.