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Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti rally supporters in South LA

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An independent committee supporting Eric Garcetti rallied volunteers Saturday as they prepared to canvass a neighborhood near USC.

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Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel attended a pancake breakfast with Rep. Maxine Waters, Magic Johnson and her son, Thomas.


Wendy Greuel  and Eric Garcetti and their supporters were in South Los Angeles Saturday morning, rallying voters who could make a big difference in Tuesday’s election. 

The Greuel campaign hosted a pancake breakfast with former Lakers superstar Magic Johnson. Virtually every poll that has come out in recent weeks shows Greuel winning the African-American vote.  A USC/Los Angeles Times poll out Friday found Greuel leading Garcetti 48 percent to 25 percent with African-American voters.

The poll, however, has Garcetti leading overall by seven points. 

Johnson said Greuel has the support of blacks "because she’s done great things in our community a long, long time ago...working with Mayor [Tom] Bradley, and so she is not new to our community." 

Also flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs at the event were Congresswoman Maxine Waters and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Not far away, near USC, an independent group that supports Garcetti rallied volunteers before they went door-to-door to pass out literature. The committee, known as Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti, also blanketed the neighborhood with mailers picturing their candidate with President Obama. Though the two politicians are close, the president has not endorsed in the mayor's race. 

"I feel a personal responsibility to talk to folks all over South Los Angeles in Spanish and English to make sure people are mobilized and mindful and invigorated and feeling energized about getting out to vote for Eric," said Councilwoman Jan Perry. 

Volunteer Angela McLean said she likes the grassroots tone of the Garcetti campaign.

"A lot of the voters, unfortunately, are seeing celebrities that are supporting the other candidate and not even really knowing what she really stands for and some of the empty promises she’s made, so they identify with the celebrity faces and they’re just going to vote for her based on that," McLean said. 

According to an exit poll from Loyola Marymount University, 12 percent of voters in the March 5 primary were African-American. More than half of those voters supported Perry. Greuel received the second-highest number of votes from African-American voters. 

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