Times staff writer Lornet Turnbull filed this report from Bruce Harrell’s campaign headquarters:
A pall fell over the room as the results flashed on a screen, showing Harrell in fourth place. A disappointed Harrell reminded his supporters that he’s still in office and isn’t going anywhere. He said, “I’ve never lost a race so I’m a little short of words. I’m never at a loss for words.”
In the end he said he had fun.
“It was a great race and I think my message resonated.” He said he believes the result show that voters “want change and a new mayor, too.”
“Murray is doing well. He has a lot of money behind his campaign.”
He said he met many people on Tuesday who weren’t aware the ballots were due today.
“I continue to think many voters are low informed. They didn’t have a great opportunity to know one (candidate) from another.”
Murray has been in office a long time and McGinn’s the incumbent.”
Asked about a future run, Harrell said he takes one race at a time and hadn’t thought about what he would do if he lost.
He said, “I certainly have a promising political career ahead of me, so I’ve not ruled out any possibilities.”