Whom do the City of L.A.'s registered voters want to succeed Villaraigosa? According to a poll by Loyola Marymount University, 58% of the registered voters surveyed have no idea. Here's the beautiful pie chart yours truly prepared based on the poll numbers:
What does it mean? It means Kevin James can win this. Think about it: yours truly got about 27% of the vote. Do you see any slice of pie in that chart that's even half that size? No, you don't.
Look at the career politicians' slices: not one of them garnered more than 10%. That means that if people who voted for me vote for Kevin James, he's in a run-off, as a front-runner.
Plus, look at that 58%. The voters already know the career politicians running -- Garcetti, Greuel and Perry -- and the voters are not loving them. Some of the 58% will see Kevin James mop the floor with his opponents in debates, and vote for him based on that.
All those other don't-know's, however, will need to see ads. And ads cost money.
So what are you going to do about it? Just sit back and pretend you're merely an observer, and it's beyond your control? Of course not. You're going to take action, if only so you can say, "Hey, don't blame me, man; I contributed $25 to the Kevin James campaign."