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Will Jan Perry, Kevin James back former rivals in mayor's race?

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013 Jan Perry and Kevin James were eliminated in Tuesday’s primary but together, they captured more than 30 percent of the vote, which leads to the question: where will those votes go in May?

Both Perry and James tell KPCC they have not decided whether to endorse Wendy Greuel or Eric Garcetti in the runoff. A spokesman for the Greuel campaign said she was reaching out to all the losing candidates to ask for their support.

That could be an awkward conversation with Perry. In the days leading up to the primary, the Greuel camp sent out mailers alerting voters to Perry's financial problems back in the 1990s.

As for the Garcetti campaign, a spokesman said that camp is also seeking James and Perry's endorsement.

"He's seeking support from many people and organizations," said spokesman Jeff Millman, "and after finishing on top in Tuesday's primary, he has received phone calls non-stop from people who want to get involved."

An endorsement from Perry would help with African-American voters -- an exit poll from the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University found she received 55 percent of those votes. (The second choice was Greuel, with 24 percent of the vote.)

An endorsement from James would help with Republicans and voters who decline to state their affiliation -- he capturing 49 percent and 30 percent of those groups, respectively, according to the poll. 

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is also considering whether to endorse a successor, according to the Daily News

"I think we will take a closer look and we should all have a conversation about what we want the next mayor to do. I may endorse, but I also may stay out of it," Villaraigosa told the newspaper. 

A poll released by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles back in November found 27 percent of voters would be somewhat or much less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by the mayor. But the mayor's nod could give a candidate a boost with Latino and Asian voters, according to the survey.

There’s 11 weeks to go until the May runoff. 

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