Garcetti, Greuel in command in LA mayoral contest

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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 8:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two City Hall veterans have taken command in the contest to replace outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah), setting up a likely runoff to determine who will lead a city troubled by double-digit unemployment and a looming budget gap.

Democratic city Councilman Eric Garcetti led the field with 34 percent of the vote. He was followed closely by city Controller Wendy Greuel, another Democrat, who notched 29 percent of the vote.

Democratic Councilwoman Jan Perry was parked in third place, with 17 percent.

With mail-in ballots and about 40 percent of precincts reporting, no candidate was in position to clear the majority needed to win outright. The top two finishers will go to a May 21 runoff.

The election capped a lackluster primary campaign that was snubbed by most of the city's 1.8 million voters.

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