Greuel, Garcetti Make Final Push for Votes
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — With the election just one day away, Los Angeles mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel were courting last-minute votes on Monday.
Garcetti made an early-morning campaign stop greeting longshore workers in Wilmington, while Greuel met with voters at a Starbucks in Valley Village.
Both had a full day of appearances scheduled criss-crossing the city.
On Sunday, the two candidates campaigned in churches, focusing particularly on African-American voters, who polls show have tended to favor Greuel, the city controller.
Greuel made 10 campaign stops from San Pedro to Studio City, including appearances at four black churches.
Garcetti visited seven African-American churches, among them First AME Church.
Greuel has enjoyed a financial advantage in the race becasue of massive expenditures by organized labor, but she has struggled to pull even with City Councilman Garcetti.
She still lagged 7 percentage points behind Garcetti, 41 percent to 48 percent, according to the latest USC Price/Times poll released on Saturday night.
The poll also showed that 11 percent of voters remained undecided.
Less than 21 percent of the city’s 1.8 million eligible voters cast ballots in March.
Turnout for runoff elections is typically higher, according to analysts, but the turnout was still expected to be low.
The winner will replace mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and will oversee nearly $8 billion a year in spending. The candidates have spent some $33 million on their campaigns.
The polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. To find your polling place or for more information, visit http://www.lavote.net/.