Early vote points to close race as LA picks mayor

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 5:05 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An early count of mail-in ballots is pointing to a close race for Los Angeles mayor.

A tally of just over 130,000 ballots showed city Councilman Eric Garcetti with 49 percent and city Controller Wendy Greuel (Grool) at 51 percent.

As much as half the vote is expected to come from mail-in ballots.

The vote from precincts around the city will be released later Tuesday.

Despite record spending on the campaign, turnout at polls appeared sluggish.

The two City Hall regulars failed to bring much sparkle to the contest to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who exits office July 1 after two up-and-down terms.

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