I was told last Thursday, off the record, about this Richmond mayoral poll, but obviously since it was off the record, I couldn’t post about it, and instead was waiting until a media outlet picked it up so I could do so. Anyway, the Richmond Free Press has now done so, and the results are in line with what I was told by my source:
- “The new poll found that 37 percent of voters support Mayor Stoney and 33 percent support [2nd District City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray]. The others in the race trail far behind, with Ms. Rodgers supported by 13 percent, Mr. Griffin by 11 percent and Ms. McLean by 3 percent, the poll found”
- “According to the poll, most people have made up their minds, with only 2 percent of respondents undecided.”
- “Produced by the American Research Group, the telephone poll of 540 registered voters between Sept. 23 and Sept. 27 found Mayor Stoney significantly ahead in majority African-American council districts 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.”
- “This is a follow-up to an initial ARG poll that the Free Press reported on in July. At that time, the mayor led in four districts.”
- And here’s a key point: “To win election as Richmond mayor, a candidate must secure the most votes in five of the nine council districts, even if the winning total in each is less than 50.1 percent, according to the City Charter.”
So basically, at this point, it looks like it’s mostly a contest between Mayor Stoney and Kim Gray.
P.S. The next Richmond mayoral candidates’ forum is set for this Tuesday at 7 pm on NBC12.