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Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti launch runoff with new endorsements

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013 With the primary in the rearview mirror, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are moving ahead into the general election with new endorsements. He added the backing of a trio of Latino political players, while she got a boost from an iconic African-American religious figure.

The former longtime pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church endorsed Greuel’s mayoral campaign Thursday.

Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray worked with Greuel when she was with DreamWorks Studios. Together they created a job training program for low-income Angelenos.

“Wendy Greuel understands the importance of building coalitions across our city," Murray said in a statement. "And she knows how to partner with the faith community to confront the challenges facing Los Angeles.” 

“When Wendy was working at DreamWorks, she joined with our church and others to create a program that trained workers for jobs in the entertainment industry, and that’s the kind of mayor Wendy will be – a mayor for all of L.A. I’m proud to support her campaign.”

An exit poll from Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles found a quarter of African-American voters in Tuesday’s election supported Greuel. Most – 55 percent – favored Jan Perry, who is African-American and has represented South Los Angeles as councilwoman for a dozen years.

That same poll showed Garcetti was backed by 48 percent of Latinos who voted. His campaign announced endorsements Thursday from three Latino political figures: State Sen. Kevin De Leon, State Sen. Ricardo Lara, and former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez.

"With their impressive policy accomplishments, these three legislative leaders will be powerful voices in this election and will help me build support in neighborhoods throughout the city," Garcetti said in a statement. 

Garcetti and Greuel will face off on May 21. 

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