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We did say “Never underestimate Joe Morrissey”

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%.

Our take?

  1. While we did say “Never underestimate Joe Morrissey”,
  2. this is essentially a name recognition survey,
  3. so look for the other candidates to really ramp up campaigning after Labor Day.

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19 comments

chpn 08/30/2016 at 8:26 AM

@StyleWeekly most folks haven’t started paying attention this early. Most responses are based on name recognition more than anything else.

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Neighbor 08/30/2016 at 9:31 AM

Hooray!

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Tim H 08/30/2016 at 10:33 AM

I’ll tell you something, he has been the only one to knock on my door to “press the flesh” (shake hands), and introduce himself. He is taking a line from Tip O’Neill’s playbook, in that all politics is local.

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Kay9 08/31/2016 at 7:14 AM

Joe Morrissey…Hillary Clinton…Terry McAuliffe…Barack Obama…they’re all disgusting and corrupt. Lock ’em up!

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Greg 08/31/2016 at 5:38 PM

Jack Berry wants to lead RIchmond “like a CEO running a 700 million dollar budget”

Joe Morrissey posed for this wedding photo:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/22/00/28F52BC700000578-0-image-a-2_1432250387910.jpg

Easy decision if you just use you eye balls and look clearly at the photo

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New mayoral poll shows a three-man race, with almost 1/3 of Richmond undecided - Church Hill People's News | Richmond, Virginia 10/15/2016 at 8:19 PM

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