The polls closed at 8 p.m. Just after midnight, with 42 percent counted in the city's unofficial results, Garcetti received 34 percent of the vote and Greuel 29 percent. Because neither candidate won more than 50 percent, Garcetti and Greuel will face off again in the city's general election on May 21.
By 11:37 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times called the election as a runoff between the two candidates. Both candidates acknowledged the upcoming runoff elections via tweets:
It's been a whirlwind. Because of your support, we've made it through the primary. I am humbled and grateful for everything.
— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) March 6, 2013
— Wendy Greuel (@Wendy_Greuel) March 6, 2013
At his election party, Garcetti promised his supporters that as mayor, he would work to bring back "the creativity and the genius that is Los Angeles," reports the Associated Press.
As of 12:42 p.m., with 62 percent of the votes counted, Kevin James, the only Republican mayoral candidate, received 15 percent percent of the votes. Councilwoman Jan Perry received 17 percent and Emanuel Pleitez received four percent.
Follow the live blog below for updates on the mayoral results as well as other election results.
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!