Verrry interesting poll results in the Richmond Mayor’s race, particularly compared to the August 30 poll which had it as Joe Morrissey 28%- Jack Berry 16% – Michelle Mosby 10% – Jon Baliles 9% – Levar Stoney 7%.
Now, according to a poll commissioned by the Richmond Association of Realtors, it’s: Morrissey 29% (+1 point)-Berry 25% (+9 points)-Stoney 14% (+7 points)-Baliles 12% (+3 points)-Mosby 7% (-3 points). In addition, “Two percent of voters said they were supporting one of the other three candidates – Bobby Junes, Bruce Tyler or Lawrence Williams (Tyler dropped out of the raceon Tuesday afternoon). Eleven percent of those surveyed said they are undecided.”
Morrissey also strengthened his position at the district level, with comfortable leads in four districts in eastern and southern Richmond — the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th — and somewhat narrower leads in two other districts: the 5th and the 3rd.
Berry led in the three districts that center on the West End, the Fan District and the Forest Hill Avenue corridor: the 1st, 2nd and 4th.
To be elected mayor, a candidate must win in five of nine voter districts. If no candidates meet that threshold, the top two vote-getters citywide advance to a runoff election that would be held Dec. 20.
So…with 40 days to go, it looks like Joe Morrissey – despite all his, uh, “baggage” – holds a solid lead in the race for the next Mayor of Richmond, with Jack Berry not far behind and Levar Stoney gaining ground. Should be a fascinating final stretch…stay tuned!