|More than two thirds of LA voters rejected Carmen Trutanich|
who now looks certain to lose the runoff to Mike Feuer
Fully 70% of Los Angelenos voted A.B.C., Anyone But Carmen, a sure sign that the 26.07% who voted for Greg Smith and Noel Weiss will likely vote for Mike Feuer in the May 21 runoff election, rather than be faced with four more years of Trutanich.
The primary election marked an historic low on two fronts. The turnout at the election was a mere 16.1% of the electorate, and never before has an incumbent finished 14 points behind a challenger.
Trutanich's 14 point deficit is significant for another reason; it puts him well beyond the 10 point deficit that is generally regarded as giving the underdog a chance at reversing positions in a runoff. In the 2009 primary Trutanich ended up 10 points behind Jack Weiss, but won the runoff by 10 points. However, because this time Trutanich is in a much weaker position he will not repeat that turnaround.
The primary election outcome is ironic in that many who voted for Trutanich simply because they did not like Mike Feuer, have likely handed him the keys to the City Attorney's office.