The first big name poll of the Richmond mayoral contest (PDF) has Joe Morrissey with a significant lead over the other candidates:
In the crowd of eight candidates for Richmond’s next mayor, former Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney and House of Delegates member Joe Morrissey leads with 28% of the city-wide vote, followed by former Venture Richmond Executive Director Jack Berry with 16% of the vote. Current Richmond City Council members Michelle Mosby and Jon Baliles stand at 10% and 9% of the city-wide vote respectively, followed by former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney with 7% of the vote. Former Richmond councilman Bruce Tyler has 4% of the city-wide vote, while Lawrence Williams and Bobby Junes each has less than 1% of the vote. Nearly a quarter (24%) of Richmonders say they have not yet made up their minds or don’t know who they will vote for. These are the results of a survey of 600 registered Richmond city voters conducted August 18-24 by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. The survey has an overall adjusted margin of error of +/- 4.9%.
- While we did say “Never underestimate Joe Morrissey”,
- this is essentially a name recognition survey,
- so look for the other candidates to really ramp up campaigning after Labor Day.