Thanks to mail-in voting, about 2 million ballots were cast before he spoke.
His razzle-dazzle dims as polls show his ballot measures are in peril.
Before the May 19 runoff election, Los Angeles 5th District City Council candidates highlight their strengths.
Measure B falls short of a majority in a blow to Villaraigosa and a labor group whose top officials proposed it. San Fernando City Councilwoman Nury Martinez wins school board seat.
New UTLA-backed members increase labor's presence but probably won't tip political balance.
The L.A. mayor was reelected to a second term with 55.6% of the vote. Some political observers think he needed a higher percentage to give him momentum for a 2010 race.
Is it possible to win an election and still come off as a loser?
Voters will also weigh a solar energy initiative, and select a city attorney, city controller and three school board members.
Many of the candidates have websites, which they use to introduce themselves to voters, post homemade campaign commercials and solicit contributions, with little success, judging by finance reports.
In last-minute ads, candidate Wendy Greuel attacks opponent Nick Patsaouras for late tax payments and his management of a bank, while he mocks her for attacking government programs she supported.