Mark Ridley-Thomas on track to win mayoral race

Mark Ridley-Thomas on track to win mayoral race

Bass ‘on track to win’ L.A. mayor’s race as lead grows to more than 29,000 votes, latest poll shows

Mayoral contender Mark Ridley-Thomas speaks to the media while campaigning in the wake of the primary results Tuesday, June 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. Ridley-Thomas is behind in the L.A. mayoral race, and could face a runoff if incumbent Eric Garcetti falls over his own performance, a recent poll shows Tuesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) less Mayoral contender Mark Ridley-Thomas speaks to the media while campaigning in the wake of the primary results Tuesday, June 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. Ridley-Thomas is behind in the L.A. mayoral… more Photo: Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press Photo: Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Bass ‘on track to win’ L.A. mayor’s race as lead grows to more than 29,000 votes, latest poll shows 1 / 3 Back to Gallery

LOS ANGELES – Mark Ridley-Thomas is on track to win the L.A. mayoral race, a new poll shows, and is on pace to defeat Eric Garcetti outright despite the loss to a longtime city council veteran who has outspent the Democratic candidate and the current mayor in the past.

The survey, provided to The Associated Press by the pollster L2, found Ridley-Thomas leading Garcetti by 29 or 29 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 to 4 percentage points. The survey’s margin of error was larger because it included only people who had a landline, cell phone or Internet.

The L2 survey of 900 people on June 1 was conducted while Garcetti was traveling in Puerto Rico. It included interviews with people in Southern California, North and East Texas and Northern Ireland.

Ridley-Thomas was followed by Garcetti, with 19 percent support among the survey’s respondents. He won the primary outright on Tuesday to face incumbent Mayor Eric Garcetti, who faces a runoff against state Sen. Ricardo Rossello, another Democrat, in the Aug. 6 election.

The poll shows that with most undecided voters, the race for the nonpartisan post is close.

Garcetti’s supporters, a minority in a city with a higher percentage of Hispanics than the United States as a whole, argue it’s time for him to retire.

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