King's Campaign Manager Discusses The Primary

by Gabe Bullard on May 18, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

Democratic Metro Councilman Jim King’s campaign manager says King’s third-place finish in the mayoral primary was due largely to low voter turnout.

Jonathan Hurst says if more than 30% of registered voters turned up at the polls yesterday (Tuesday), King would have likely finished stronger in the primary.

“We knew that we had a strong number of supporters,” he says. “We just needed a larger turnout tonight and the light turnout very much hurt us.”

Hurst says King will endorse Fischer in the general election against Republican Hal Heiner. Tandy says he will support the candidate who can best deliver on his platform from the Democratic primary.

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Ed Springston May 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Low turnout hurt them? According to thier emial blast quoted below they counted on it and lost.

“With all indications leading toward a soft turnout, I am confident in our victory…..”

Bob Jones May 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

I spoke with one of the kids holding a King sign on a corner and he told me he voted for Greg Fischer, but was getting paid $15 an hour to hold a sign for King. He said most “volunteers” were paid. Apparently that was true. …………….Justice……………………….

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