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Analyzing the polls vs. the actual results in the St. Petersburg Mayoral Race

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Pre-election polls are usually discarded as quickly as a losing candidate’s yard signs, but I think the ones surveying the St. Petersburg Mayoral Race deserve a second look, if for no other reason than to gauge the accuracy of the polls and the organizations which commissioned them. I’d argue that it was the publication of two polls within the last two weeks of the election that helped clear up what had been a particularly murky campaign. With ten candidates running,…

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Dear Bill Foster

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Too bad I am not working for you, because if I were, you wouldn’t be losing your grip on second place. Let’s face it. Deveron Gibbons is moving on to the general election. The brothers, as Mark Winn likes to think of them, account for about 18 percent of the vote. So long as the walk-around-money flows, Gibbons is gonna take 80% of that vote. With that block, all Deveron needs is 1 in 10 non-black voters to break his…

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Draft Ken Welch

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The latest poll on the St. Petersburg Mayoral race supposedly indicates that voters are undecided about their choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have access to a second poll, whose questions are more direct than The Times’. The crosstabs of this poll indicate that voters are not completely undecided, they are just undecided about which one of two candidates they would like to support. Bennett supporters are also Wagman supporters and vice-versa. Ford supporters are also Foster…

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Monday’s Mayoral Wrap-up

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The Kentucky Derby on Saturday was a disappointment to chalk gamblers everywhere, but a reminder to the rest of us that long shots do, in fact, win. The horse that won Derby was a 56-1 underdog. In fact, the owner had paid only $9,500 in a market that usually runs to six figures. In other words, Paul Congemi won the Kentucky Derby. Oh, and by the way, the morning line favorite finished 19 out of 20, which reinforces the point…

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Getting ready to say goodbye

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I’m returning home in four days and I can’t wait. But first we needed to celebrate Aunt Judy’s 60th birthday. Aunt Judy is a big reason why I’ve had such a wonderful experience in New York. She gave me a place to live for a little while. She also played a very influential part in helping me to return to my faith by practically dragging me to daily Mass. She’s had a tough life, losing two children, one to leukemia,…

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