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Mayor race shifting into high gear -- A Times Google + Hangout

August 2, 2012 | 12:40 pm

The election isn't until March, but the candidates for L.A. mayor are already aggressively fundraising.

The Times' David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum will discuss the race during a Google + Hangout at 1 p.m. PDT.

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti is neck and neck with City Controller Wendy Greuel in the fundraising race for next year's mayoral campaign.

According to records filed with the city's Ethics Commission on Tuesday, the two candidates have each raked in more than $2.2 million since the campaign began, with Garcetti outpacing Greuel by a mere $322.31.

The candidates are vying to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who must step down next summer because of term limits. Other contenders in the race include City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who has raised roughly half the amount collected by Garcetti and Greuel, and former federal prosecutor Kevin James, who has raised one-tenth of that amount.