Early Election Results: Mayor Villaraigosa Reelected, Measure B Barely Loses
With an extremely weak voter turnout, yesterday's election ended with not-so-surprising final results, but did have some interesting numbers. The following is based on results posted by the City Clerks Office at 1:46 a.m. with 99.94% of precincts reporting.
Only 239,374, or 15%, of the 1,596,165 registered voters in the city of Los Angeles turned out. "There was an election today?" one LAist reader wrote on Twitter. And that sentiment was almost like a theme--another reader asked "today was the election for the MAYOR? All I do is watch local news. How did I miss this?" In the same city primary in 2005, 377,699 voters came to the polls.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was reelected with about 55.5 percent of the total votes. A 5% difference would have put the mayoral race into a runoff. Attorney Walter Moore, who received 2.7% in 2005, was the runner up with 26% of the vote. The lower than expected numbers for Villaraigosa now has some speculating his unconfirmed run for Governor will now be a tougher battle. The mayoral ballot had ten challengers.
Villaraigosa ally, City Attorney candidate and current Councilmember Jack Weiss will face off with Carmen "Nuch" Tutanich--the guy with that insanely slick commercial--on the May 19th ballot. Weiss, who like the Mayor, refused to show up at debates.
And unlike Weiss, Councilmember Wendy Greuel sailed to victory for City Controller. She faced opposition from longtime political figure Nick Patsaoras and Kathleen "Suzy" Evans. Although Patsaoras was considered to be Greuel's biggest competitor and was mentioned in an attack ad, Evans was the runner up.