Candidates Make Final Push in L.A. Mayoral Race

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Los Angeles’ mayoral primary is just hours away, and the candidates are making a last-minute push for votes.

They spent the final hours of the campaign crisscrossing Los Angeles.

Wendy Greuel visiting voters on Monday morning at the wholesale produce mart.

“The only people I’m beholden to are the people of Los Angeles,” Greuel said.

Not so if you ask candidate Eric Garcetti, who campaigned along the Expo Line and met with members of the longshoremen’s union.

“They want leadership that’s independent, that isn’t bought and paid,” Garcetti insisted.

Down to the wire — it’s a horse race for Greuel and Garcetti. The latest USC/Los Angeles Times poll has the two contenders neck and neck.

The poll shows Garcetti, the former City Council president with 27 percent, and Greuel the city controller, with 25 percent.

Trailing behind are the sole Republican, conservative talk show host Kevin James and Councilwoman Jan Perry, followed by former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez.

Greuel may have the backing of the IBEW union that represents the city’s DWP workers.

But Garcetti has name recognition — his father a former district attorney.

But according  to the Times poll, no candidate has managed to garner the support of the big voter groups that can swing an election.

The race to replace Mayor Villaraigosa has been nasty at times.

TV and radio attack ads could trigger late shifts in public opinion.

Fourteen percent of likely voters hadn’t yet picked a candidate and of those who had nearly half said they might still change their minds.

Voter turnout is expected to be low. The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

–Sara Welch, KTLA News

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