L.A. mayor’s race headed to runoff

The Los Angeles mayor's race is, as expected, headed for a runoff.

City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel were the top two finishers in Tuesday's race, earning a berth in the runoff. With all precincts now reporting, Garcetti took 33 percent of the vote, while Greuel was at 29 percent.

The major Republican candidate in the field, radio host Kevin James, came in third at 16 percent. (The race is technically nonpartisan, but the city is heavily Democratic, and Garcetti and Greuel both identify with that party.)

Garcetti and Greuel will now face off in a May 21 runoff, with the winner replacing term-limited outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The Fix named the Los Angeles mayor's race one of the five most interesting campaigns of 2013.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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