Garcetti, Greuel grab edge in LA mayoral contest

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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 9:04 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two leading candidates in the contest to replace Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have jumped ahead of the field in early vote returns.

A partial tally of mail-in ballots released by the city clerk Tuesday showed Democrats Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel opening ground over other rivals.

It's likely the primary will lead to a two-person runoff on May 21, since it's unlikely any candidate will clear the majority needed to win outright Tuesday.

Turnout was light after a campaign that lacked sizzle. No issue or candidate galvanized the electorate in the nation's second-largest city.

The next mayor will face a host of problems, from a looming budget deficit to soaring costs for worker pensions and health care.

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