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Greuel, 51, was a councilwoman before she became controller in 2009. She also served in former Mayor Tom Bradley’s administration.
Surveys released earlier this month by the Edmund G. Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs and Survey USA found the two candidates in a statistical tie.
The latest USC Price/LA Times poll indicated Garcetti had built a lead by forging an unusual coalition of liberal and conservative supporters and by winning over voters in the suburban and largely middle-class San Fernando Valley, which had been expected to be Greuel’s stronghold.
‘RACE CERTAINLY NOT OVER’
Dan Schnur, director of the USC Price/LA Times poll, said in a statement that “this race is certainly not over,” given expectations for low voter turnout on Tuesday and the high number of voters who remain undecided.
“This campaign has turned into a referendum on Wendy Greuel, and more specifically her support from public employee unions,” Schnur said.
Greuel has the backing of the union for workers at the city Department of Water and Power, which has contributed about $2 million to her campaign, while the police officers’ union has given over $1.4 million to groups supporting her candidacy.
Garcetti leads Greuel in campaign spending overall, with $9.4 million, compared with her expenditures of $8.9 million, according to figures from the City Ethics Commission. Much of that money has gone to a slew of negative television ads from both sides.
The USC Price/LA Times poll sampled 500 likely voters and had a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.