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Democrats have slight lead in early voting in special election for Tampa City Council

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Early voting ended on Sunday for those voting in Tampa’s City Council District 7 special election run-off between Jim Davison and Luis Viera.

A total of 575 people voted over the past four days in the election to choose a successor to Lisa Montelione. That included 246 Democrats, 240 Republicans, and 89 non-party affiliated voters.

In voting by mail, a total of 3,687 voters had turned their ballots in by Monday afternoon. That breaks down to 1,625 registered Democrats, 1,344 registered Republicans, and 718 independent or third-party affiliated voters participating.

Officially, the race is nonpartisan, but Davison is a registered Republican and Viera a registered Democrat, and both local parties in Hillsborough County have organized to support their party respective candidates.

District 7 runs north from Waters Avenue to County Line Road, including Forest Hills, Terrace Park, New Tampa, the USF area and New Tampa.

A poll published over the weekend by St. Pete Polls showed the two candidates in a statistical tie at 39 percent each.

Polls will be open from 7 am to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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