LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Los Angeles had a new mayor-elect on Wednesday, as Eric Garcetti defeated Wendy Greuel, bringing an end to a long and expensive campaign.
Greuel called Garcetti early Wednesday morning to concede the race, according to a Greuel campaign source.
Later, Gruel officially conceded during a speech At her Van Nuys office where she said, referring to Garcetti. “Congratulations, I sincerely wish you the best.”
She was expected to officially concede the election in Van Nuys on Wednesday morning.
Greuel had enjoyed a slight edge over Garcetti during early returns on Tuesday, but as the night wore on, Garcetti’s lead grew.
He opened up an eight-point lead, and some time after 1:30 a.m., Greuel called Garcetti to congratulate him on his victory.
Just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Garcetti claimed victory in a post on Twitter.
“Thank you Los Angeles–the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years,” he said. “Let’s make this a great city again.”
In the end, Garcetti took home 54 percent of the vote compared to 46 percent for Greuel, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.
Garcetti received only about 26,000 more votes than Greuel, but with the low voter turnout, that margin was enough for him to win.
Only about 19 percent of the registered voters in Los Angeles cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, according to the L.A. County Registrar.
Garcetti’s victory capped a nearly two-year campaign for the office, which saw more than $33 million spent on the race — the most expensive in city history.
Before his supporters at the Hollywood Palladium on Tuesday night, Garcetti was already looking forward.
“On July 1, we will assume the responsibility of creating jobs, of balancing our city’s budget, of keeping our city’s streets safe and improving the quality of life for all Angelenos,” he said.
Meantime, Greuel spent Tuesday night with her supporters in downtown Los Angeles.
She had hoped absentee ballots, which are sometimes counted later than ballots cast at polling places, would put her over the top, a campaign source said.
Garcetti is scheduled to take office on July 1. At 42 years old, he will be the youngest elected mayor in more than a century. He will also be the city’s first elected Jewish mayor.