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Poll Shows Garcetti Leading Greuel in L.A. Mayoral Runoff Poll Shows Garcetti Leading Greuel in L.A. Mayoral Runoff

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Poll Shows Garcetti Leading Greuel in L.A. Mayoral Runoff

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Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti and his wife Amy Wakeland, greet supporters at the Avalon Theatre in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

City Councilman Eric Garcetti holds a 10-point lead over Controller Wendy Greuel with a month to go before the May 21 runoff to become Los Angeles' next mayor, according to a new USC Price/Los Angeles Times poll released Sunday.

The poll, featured on the front page of the Times' Sunday editions, shows Garcetti leading Greuel, 50 percent to 40 percent. Ten percent of likely runoff voters are undecided.

Garcetti -- who has said "I have an Italian last name, and I'm half Mexican and half Jewish" -- holds a 21-point lead over Greuel among Latino voters, 58 percent to 37 percent, the poll shows. But Greuel, seeking to become the city's first female mayor, does not enjoy a similar advantage among women: Garcetti leads among female voters, 50 percent to 41 percent.

The bipartisan poll was conducted by the Democratic firm Benenson Strategy Group and Republican firm M4 Strategies. Interviews with 500 likely runoff voters were conducted April 15-17. The poll carries a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.4 percentage points.

The poll was conducted prior to recent developments in the race, including a new, dark attack ad from the Greuel campaign released last Friday, and a Saturday Greuel campaign event with Bill Clinton at Langer's Delicatessen in downtown L.A.

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