On election morning, Gray joined supporters at the corner of Venice Boulevard and Centinela Avenue in a "human sign," to urge commuters to vote for her. At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, with a runoff virtually certain, Gray telephoned the city every few minutes to find out about the last several uncounted precincts, as more than 20 supporters looked on. On Tuesday afternoon, she had visited a Crenshaw polling place near a senior citizens' center, arranging for a poll worker to facilitate voting by a woman who could not use the stairs.
Galanter relied heavily on professional consultants, who received voter returns on a mobile phone outside an election night party of about 125 people at a restaurant in Westchester.
The other Westside council races were straightforward by comparison to the volatile 6th District. City Council President John Ferraro was unopposed in the 4th District, and Councilman Nate Holden easily defeated one challenger to win reelection.
139 of 139 Precincts Reporting
CANDIDATE VOTE % John Ferraro* 10,115 100
189 of 189 Precincts Reporting
CANDIDATE VOTE % J. Wilson Bowman 847 3.5 Tavis Smiley 2,189 9.0 Charles Albert Mattison 380 1.6 Ruth Galanter* 11,904 49.0 Salvatore Grammatico 3,746 15.4 Mary Lee Gray 4,929 20.3 Mervin Evans 283 1.2
142 of 142 Precincts Reporting
CANDIDATE VOTE % Nate Holden* 9,255 72.0 Esther M. Lofton 3,602 28.0