With more than three-fourths of precincts reporting in the race for mayor of Los Angeles, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel held a firm grip as the top choices by voters.
The top-two finishers in Tuesday’s election will face off in a May 21 runoff election. Garcetti and Greuel emerged as the early front-runners in the race, polls showed, and have held onto those positions as ballots were counted into the early morning hours on Wednesday.
Standing on a stage lined with supporters Tuesday evening, Garcetti thanked the crowd for their help and said he’s ready to get to work on winning the runoff election in May. Garcetti held a slim margin over Greuel and a significant lead over the six other candidates in the mayoral race, returns showed.
“We have the most votes tonight, and it looks like we are heading to a runoff,” he said. “I’m ready to work as hard as it takes, I’m ready to get up as early as it takes. Tomorrow we’re going to get up, we’re going to get to work, and we’re going to win this campaign.”
Greuel took the stage at 11 p.m. after being introduced by Assembly Speaker John Pérez to chants of “Wendy! Wendy! Wendy!”
“Although not all the votes are in, it sure looks good,” Greuel said. She thanked the other candidates: “After 42 debates, I know what your priorities are. In fact, I could probably recite your best lines.”