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Live tweeting the Los Angeles mayoral debate

As the campaign for Los Angeles mayor heats up, a 90-minute televised debate from UCLA’s Royce Hall is being broadcast on KNBC this evening featuring the top five candidates in the race. With tens of thousands of potential viewers, it is the highest profile event in a campaign where a good audience at live debates has been a few hundred.

The debate comes just a week before voters start casting ballots by mail in the nonpartisan March 5 primary. Competing to replace departing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are City Controller Wendy Greuel; Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry; attorney and former talk show host Kevin James and technology executive Emanuel Pleitez. If no one wins more than 50% of the vote in the primary, the top two candidates will face each other in a May 21 runoff election.

Tweeting from the debate are Times staff writers James Rainey and Maeve Reston.

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-- Rich Connell
 
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