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Rick Kriseman shifts to offense as St. Pete mayoral race heads to run-off

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Ever since Rick Baker entered the mayoral race in St. Petersburg in May, incumbent Rick Kriseman has been on the defensive – about sewage, the Manhattan Casino, the Pier, and seemingly everything else under the sunshine. Those issues will undoubtedly reverberate as the mayoral race continues into the fall, but Kriseman was completely on offense when he took to the state at the State Theater Tuesday night when a runoff was guaranteed (but before he knew he had collected 69…

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St. Pete mayoral race goes into OT: Runoff election needed

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St. Petersburg’s “battle of the two Ricks” is not over yet. Voters have made their choice in the primary, advancing former two-term Mayor Rick Baker and first-term Mayor Rick Kriseman to the November election.  Baker led for most of the evening Tuesday; but in the end, he slipped behind with 48.23 percent of the vote (27,253 ballots cast); Kriseman, the incumbent who trailed the race consistently in both fundraising and polling, took a slight lead with a much-better-than-anticipated 48.36 percent…

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Jesse Nevel insists he’s not splitting progressive vote in St. Pete mayor race

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Uhuru-backed St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel heard complaints from some Rick Kriseman supporters saying his involvement in the primary election has divided the progressive vote and will help Rick Baker win the election. Nevel rejects those charges.

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Rick Baker on Rick Kriseman: ‘Out of touch with African-American community’

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Gentrification in the South side of St. Petersburg has been a major campaign issue this summer, and Rick Kriseman‘s decision to select the owner of the Pipo’s chain of Cuban restaurants to operate out of the historic Manhattan Casino has been seized upon by the Rick Baker campaign over the last week leading up to Tuesday’s primary election. “I think Rick Kriseman is completely out of touch with the African-American community,” Baker said Tuesday when asked if he agreed with a similar statement…

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If Rick Kriseman loses today, this was the moment it all went bad …

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This should not be happening to Rick Kriseman. He should not be on the verge of finishing second, if not losing, today’s mayoral primary in St. Petersburg. This is not how Kriseman envisioned it four years ago after he unseated incumbent Bill Foster, beating him by 12 points. 

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St. Pete heads to the polls, possibly ending the battle of the Ricks

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When polls close at 7 p.m. in St. Petersburg’s mayoral primary, the question is not who received the most votes, but whether former mayor Rick Baker reached the fifty percent-plus-one vote threshold to win the race outright.

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Rick Kriseman campaigns ’round the clock on eve of primary election

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Mayor Rick Kriseman is pulling out all the stops in the final hours before voters head to the polls Tuesday to determine whether he will get another term as St. Petersburg’s top elected official.

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