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.
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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!
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.
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.
|@ Wendy_Greuel : It's looking like a great night. Thank you! #LAMayor #LosAngeles http://t.co/xY9cCvK75h|
|@ ericgarcetti : It's been a whirlwind. Because of your support, we've made it through the primary. I am humbled and grateful for everything.|
|@ HuffPostLA : With 6% reporting for City Atty., Feuer: 41%, Trutanich: 34%. For Controller, Zine: 41%, Galperin: 32% #LAvotes #LAelections|
|@ HuffPostLA : With 6% reporting, Garcetti: 32%, Greuel: 31%, Perry: 19%, James: 14%, Pleitez: 3% #LAMayor #LAelections #LAVote|
|@ 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%.|
Depending on how the mayoral elections go, LA could either be electing their first1) Woman (Greuel or Perry) 2) Jewish person (Perry or Garcetti)
3) Openly gay person (James)
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."
Only about 22 percent of 660,000 mail-in ballots had been returned by Tuesday morning, and campaign strategists figured that when Election Day voters were added only about a quarter of the city's 1.8 million voters would have cast ballots.
Wonder who this guy voted for!