On eve of early voting, Darden Rice, Amy Foster lead City Council races by wide margins

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On Tuesday, more than sixty-one thousand ballots will be mailed to early voters in St. Petersburg’s municipal elections. With a majority of voters indicating they will vote early rather than on Election Day, the races for Mayor and City Council could very well be over in July rather than August.

In fact, if the latest polling from St. Pete Polls is any indication, the races for the District 4 & 8 seats on the City Council may be over already. 

In District 4, civic activist Darden Rice has a wide lead over her next closest rival, Dr. David McKalip. Among likely voters, Rice receives 32% support, McKalip is a t 17%, Carolyn Fries is at 11% and Richard Eldridge is at 4%. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they were undecided.

In District 8, Amy Foster holds a thirty-four point lead over her next closest opponent, Steve Galvin. Among likely voters, 44% say they support Foster, 7% support Galvin, 6% back Alex Duensing, and 5% are with Robert Davis. These numbers suggest Galvin is actually in danger of being passed by by Duensing or Davis.

The poll was conducted by an automated phone call polling system. Only voters that answered that they were planning on voting in the August 27 primary were included in the results. One cautionary note: due to the small sample sizes in this survey, the results cannot be considered statistically significant.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.