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Greuel, Garcetti rally for undecided voters

May 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's only three days left until Los Angeles residents go to the polls but the mayoral race still has no clear front runner.

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are hoping some last minute door-knocking will help get undecided voters to the polls in the final days leading up to Election Day.

It's the last weekend before Election Day and the two candidates battling for the job as mayor of Los Angeles are hitting the campaign trail hard.

They're hoping to get their message out and trying to get voters to the polls to check the box with their name next to it.

City Controller Wendy Greuel held a pancake breakfast with Magic Johnson and other notable figures at her field office in South Los Angeles Saturday.

"I have been in Boyle Heights. I have been in South L.A. I am going to Venice today, the San Fernando Valley," said Greuel. "This is a great day to get to talk to voters."

City Councilmember Eric Garcetti reached out to Latino voters at a meet and greet in Wilmington.

"We've got a lot of doors to knock on," said Garcetti. "We've got a lot of calls to make. We've got a lot of minds to still make up because there's still, you know, 10 percent or so that are still undecided."

In the latest Los Angeles Times-USC poll conducted May 14 through May 16, Gruel trailed Garcetti 41 to 48 percent.

But past recent polls had the two candidates in a statistical dead heat. And both say they are confident about the outcome on Tuesday.

"I'm confident that we're going to win if these folks get out and vote but the only poll that matters is on Election Day," said Garcetti.

"So many voters were saying 'we're with you, we're going to get people out to vote, we know you're going to make sure this community is not left behind,'" said Greuel.

The race has been marked with mudslinging and negative campaign ads.

The victor inherits a city struggling to recover from the housing collapse and in a budget crisis that could ultimately end in bankruptcy.

The first step in the road to recovery, both candidates say, is getting voters to the polls.

"This is about the future of L.A., about jobs, education, about making sure that we can afford to fix our streets and be a great city that I know we can be," said Greuel.

"You can't afford not to come out," said Garcetti. "This is more important to your daily life than even the President of the United States is. Three times more people voted for the President than voted for mayor in March. You got a better chance of winning this than you do a lottery ticket so come out and vote."


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