L.A. Mayor’s Race Down to Two – Dave Mecham Reports

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — City Councilman Eric Garcetti edged past Controller Wendy Greuel in Tuesday’s primary election, emerging as the top vote-getter in one of the lowest turnouts in memory, moving the race to a May runoff between the City Hall veterans.

They were seen as the front runners, and today it’s official. The candidates are ramping up their campaigns for a runoff.

Garcetti received 33% in an unofficial count of ballots, compared with 29% for Greuel, a four-point advantage that Garcetti said he would immediately build upon in a dash to the May 21 general election.

I’m ready to get up as early as it takes,” Garcetti told cheering supporters gathered at Avalon nightclub in Hollywood late Tuesday as the primary results became clear. “Tomorrow we’re going to get up, we’re going to get to work, and we’re going to win this campaign.”

Greuel wasn’t conceding anything, telling her own supporters that she would emerge victorious by focusing on a plan for delivering core services that have been lacking, such as fixing Los Angeles streets and reducing emergency response times.

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