Cash race continues in St. Petersburg mayor's race
With less than a month until St. Petersburg residents vote, mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman still leads the cash wars.
But Mayor Bill Foster is gaining steam. The incumbent now has more cash on hand to spend before the Aug. 27 primary. Kathleen Ford still lags behind Foster and Kriseman in raising money.
Between July-19, Kriseman raised $15,090, bumping his total to $124,781. He currently has $69,905 to spend. Foster collected $22,132 in the same period, raising his total to $115,733. He has $85,787 on hand.
Ford, who is seeking the job for the third time, collected only $5, 675 and raised her total to $26,535. She has $18,395 available.
The finance reports show no surprises for the three major candidates, all lawyers and former City Council members.
Foster’s report shows that prominent civic activist Bill Edwards donated. City Hall watchers wondered when the millionaire would give money. He and his wife each donated $500 to Foster.
A recent Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and WUSF Radio poll shows Foster leading his main Ford and Kriseman collectively and in head-to-head contests. While 28 percent of the voters remain undecided before the primary, more than 70 percent say he is doing either a good or average job as mayor.
Foster captured 30 percent of the vote compared to Ford’s 20 percent and Kriseman’s 17 percent. While that suggests that more of those decided voters would opt not to give Foster a second term, Foster bests both Ford and Kriseman in individual matchups.
It would appear that no candidate is generating great enthusiasm and that the African-American vote in St. Petersburg may continue to play a significant role in the outcome as it has in past elections.
The poll, conducted July 13-16 by Braun Research of New Jersey, has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points. The survey polled 810 registered voters who said they definitely will vote in the primary.