LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel will go head-to-head in a May runoff to become the next mayor of Los Angeles, according to unofficial final returns issued early Wednesday morning from the City Clerk’s Office.READ MORE: Slight Decrease In COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Giving Some Hope Of Surge Plateau
As of 2:20 a.m., a tally of mail-in ballots and 100 percent of precincts reporting showed Garcetti as the front-runner of the five major mayoral candidates with 32.93 percent of the vote, while Greuel had 29.19 percent.
Sole Republican candidate and talk show host Kevin James placed a distant third with 16.36 percent of the vote.
Since no candidate garnered more than 50 percent of the vote, Garcetti and Greuel will go head-to-head in a May 21 runoff election.
“We’re gonna spend the next 10 weeks . . . and convince all parts of this city to bring our message of experience, of being able to make tough decisions of doing neighborhood turn around and bring that to the entire city, I hope as the next mayor of Los Angeles,” Garcetti told KNX 1070 Wednesday.