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L.A. mayor's race: Garcetti, Greuel face off in live TV debate Thursday

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013Amid increasingly bitter exchanges, Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel are to engage Thursday night in their first face-to-face debate since the March primary election.  It takes place at 7 p.m. at the American Jewish University and will be broadcast live on KABC, Channel 7.

In the primary, Garcetti won 33 percent of the vote to Greuel’s 29 percent. He has since widened that advantage. A new ABC7/SurveyUSA  poll finds Garcetti leading Greuel 49 percent to 40 percent — a two-point increase for him since the last poll two weeks ago.

Earlier this week, the candidates criticized each other for labor union support and challenged each other to a debate focused on education, which will likely take place next month.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is termed out of office July 1. The mayoral election to succeed him is May 21.

Check back for KPCC's coverage of the debate.

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