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LA City Controller Election 2013: Dennis Zine, Ron Galperin Will Face Off Again In May (LIVE UPDATES)

03/06/2013 04:37 am ET | Updated Mar 06, 2013

The 2013 race to replace Wendy Greuel for LA City Controller will come to a runoff between Councilman Dennis Zine and candidate Ron Galperin.

The polls closed at 8 p.m. and both candidates always kept within a few percentage points of each other as votes were tallied. By 1:13 a.m. Wednesday with 78 percent of votes counted, Zine received 38 percent of the vote and Galperin received 36 percent. Votes for the other four candidates didn't break double digits by that time.

Both the Los Angeles Times and NBC LA predicted the City Controller election would end in a runoff between the two candidates. Zine and Galperin will face off again in the city's general election on May 21.

Zine has represented a district in the San Fernando Valley for 12 years. He has the backing of several large labor unions, council colleagues and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. His opponents have accused him of "double dipping" with a $100,000 annual pension for his 33 years with the LAPD and a nearly $180,000 council salary. He has responded by saying that he gives a large portion of his police pension to charities.

Galperin is a lawyer and has served on the LA Comission on Revenue Efficiency and the LA Quality and Productivity Commission and is endorsed by the LA Times, Daily News and La Opinion.

Follow the live blog below for updates on the mayoral results as well as other election results.

03/06/2013 5:48 AM EST

City Controller The Most Exciting Race

Even more exciting (statistically) than the mayoral race is the one to replace City Controller Wendy Greuel.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, both Ron Galperin and Councilmember Dennis Zine are in a dead heat, each gaining 37 percent of votes.

That's the third runoff!

03/06/2013 5:45 AM EST

Mixed Messages?

With 100 percent of votes reporting, it appears that LA voters have chosen to reject a sales tax that would have bolstered emergency services but have also decided to open up the city's very generous pension plans to even more people.

Oh, LA.

03/06/2013 4:28 AM EST

Another Runoff Election!

This time for LA City Attorney. At around midnight, the Los Angeles Times and NBC LA said that the City Attorney election was most likely going to be decided in a runoff. Feuer and Trutanich will face off again in the city's general election on May 21.

03/06/2013 4:05 AM EST

Wendy Celebrates

@ Wendy_Greuel :

It's looking like a great night. Thank you! #LAMayor #LosAngeles http://t.co/xY9cCvK75h

03/06/2013 4:04 AM EST

Runoff Time!

@ ericgarcetti :

It's been a whirlwind. Because of your support, we've made it through the primary. I am humbled and grateful for everything.

03/06/2013 1:26 AM EST

City Atty., Controller

@ HuffPostLA :

With 6% reporting for City Atty., Feuer: 41%, Trutanich: 34%. For Controller, Zine: 41%, Galperin: 32% #LAvotes #LAelections

03/06/2013 1:26 AM EST

Creeping Along...

@ HuffPostLA :

With 6% reporting, Garcetti: 32%, Greuel: 31%, Perry: 19%, James: 14%, Pleitez: 3% #LAMayor #LAelections #LAVote

03/06/2013 12:03 AM EST

Initials Numbers Are In

@ HuffPostLA :

Initial numbers are in: Garcetti at 31.1%, Greuel at 30.9%. Perry at 19.1% & James at 14.2%. Pleitez at 2.6%.

03/05/2013 11:42 PM EST

Our Night Of Firsts

Depending on how the mayoral elections go, LA could either be electing their first

1) Woman (Greuel or Perry)

2) Jewish person (Perry or Garcetti)

3) Openly gay person (James)

03/05/2013 11:39 PM EST

Too Cool For School?

Is it cool for Angelenos to be ignorant about local issues?

Los Angeles Times political writer Jim Rainey offered his take on LA apathy on HuffPost Live Monday.

"If you don't even have an opinion or don't even know who the mayor is, you can go out and there's no social stigma attached to knowing nothing," said Rainey. "It's part of the local culture."

Earlier on HuffPost:

Los Angeles Votes For Mayor

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