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St. Petersburg mayor locked in three-way race




Is St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster in trouble?

The incumbent leader only captured 28 percent of voter support when pitted in a three-way poll against challengers Rick Kriseman and Kathleen Ford.

Ford pulled 27 percent; Kriseman, 23 percent. Another 21 percent of voters are undecided.

The automated telephone poll of 479 registered St. Petersburg voters was done Monday by and commissioned by political blogger Peter Schorsch, who runs 

The poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

Ford, a former City Council member, entered the race Monday. Kriseman is a former council member and former state lawmaker.

Foster is falling out of favor as 44 percent of residents have an unfavorable opinion of him; only 37 percent have a positive opinion, the poll shows.

The challengers, Ford and Kriseman, have better ratings. Thirty-six percent of voters have favorable views of her; 27 percent don’t. Thirty-two percent view Kriseman as positive; 24 percent don’t.

Although city races are nonpartisan, Foster, a Republican, landed 42 percent of Republican voters in the poll. Kriseman and Ford split the Democratic votes.

St. Petersburg resident Gonzales Ortez called Buzz on Tuesday to voice support for Ford. He said he attended the City Council meetings from 1978 until Foster offive in 2010.

The 85-year-old said he refuses to step inside City hall until Foster and most of the council get voted out of office.

“I might as well talk to a wall,” he said. “I decided not to waste my gas. I have nothing to do until after the election when Kathleen Ford wins.”


[Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:26pm]


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