Maybe it's an outlier, maybe it just reflects a race that always seemed closer than what several of the polls indicated. The latest survey by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs shows Controller Wendy Greuel with 46 percent of likely voters, Councilman Eric Garcetti with 45 percent, and nine percent undecided. Less than three weeks ago an LAT-USC poll had Garcetti up by 10 points. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute, tells the LAT that the expected low voter turnout "makes the election volatile and hard to predict." Public polling has been sparse and that might help explain the divergent numbers. No doubt TV ads could be critical in the final days - Service Employees Local 721 is out with a spot that urges voters to make history by voting for Greuel. The ad will run for the next 10 days.
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