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Los Angeles set for run-off mayor poll

Candidate in the Los Angeles City mayoral race, Eric Garcetti speaks to supporters on March 5, 2013
Candidate in the Los Angeles City mayoral race, Councilman Eric Garcetti speaks to supporters at an election night party on March 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles will hold a run-off poll in May to choose a successor to mayor Antonio Villar

Los Angeles will hold a run-off poll in May to choose a successor to mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, after results Wednesday confirmed two frontrunners from a primary election.

City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti won 32.9 percent and 29.2 percent respectively in Tuesday's initial poll, in which a total of eight candidates ran.

Turnout was a dismal 16 percent in the primary race to lead America's second biggest metropolis. No candidate achieved the 50 percent necessary to win outright. A run-off poll will now be held on May 21.

Villaraigosa, one of America's most high-profile Latino political leaders since taking office in 2005, cannot stand for re-election after two terms at the helm of the vast West Coast metropolis.

Garcetti, whose showbiz links drew an endorsement from comic Will Ferrell, has a more international background, having studied at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. The 42-year-old has Mexican and Jewish roots.

Greuel, who spent five years at movie giant DreamWorks, has faced questions over financial backing from labor unions, as well as a pledge to increase police ranks by 2,000. She is 51.

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