A new USC Price/Los Angeles Times poll shows Eric Garcetti's lead in the Los Angeles mayor's race has narrowed to 7 percentage points, but his strength among conservatives has blocked rival Wendy Greuel from securing a San Fernando Valley base that is vital to her chances.
As the candidates and their partisans swarm across the city in advance of Tuesday's runoff election, Garcetti, a city councilman from Silver Lake, held a 48%-to-41% lead, the survey found. Voters in the Valley and every other key region of Los Angeles favored him over Greuel, the city controller.
With the campaign's TV advertising hitting its peak over the weekend, the dynamics of the race could still shift. The poll found that 11% of likely voters said they were undecided. And more than 20% of those who were siding with a candidate said they might still change their minds.
Over the last month, the poll found, Greuel has made small gains among women, Latinos, Democrats and Westside voters, offering opportunities for her to build momentum by election day -- but majorities in all of those groups still preferred Garcetti.