Why does Chris O’Donnell of the Tampa Tribune think the District 4 race is “competitive”?

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I’m sorry, Chris O’Donnell of the Tampa Tribune, while I appreciate the St. Petersburg Tribune’s efforts to provide a second opinion about political news in the ‘burg, it does no one any good if that opinion is downright wrong.

Case in point is the front-page story in Sunday’s edition that was headlined ” District 4 council race competitive.” Actually, the race is not very competitive and it should not be described as such (although admittedly, at the beginning of the race, I too viewed the race between Darden Rice, David McKalip, and Carolyn Fries as “ultra-competitive.”)

The truth is Rice is running away with the race, at least in the primary. According to a survey conducted by St. Pete Polls and commissioned by this blog, Rice has a wide lead over her next closest rival, Dr. McKalip. Among likely voters, Rice receives 32% support, McKalip is at 17%, Carolyn Fries is at 11% and Richard Eldridge is at 4%. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they were undecided.

That’s not competitive, at least not for first place.

Perhaps the Tribune‘s headline was referring to the race for second place between McKalip and Fries…

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