First, I want to say how darn proud I am to have voted for Herman Morris. His concession speech was all class. He is a very dignified human being and it is so very sad that the city rejected him. He would have been a healer for this community. That being said, Carol Chumney's concession speech was harsh and Herenton's victory speech was racist, vindictive and disgusting. For a man who had 57.5% of the voters of this city vote AGAINST him, he was full of pride and hubris. He has zero decency. Instead of trying to bring the city together, he simply stuck a knife in and twisted it. On top of this, the city elected (or re-elected) some of the worst candidates for the city council I have ever seen. Janis Fullilove? Reid Hedgepeth? Shea Flinn? Edmund Ford Jr? Wanda Halbert? Stephanie Gatewood? Barbara Swearengen Holt-Ware? Joe Brown? No thank you. This is one East Memphis devil that has had enough. I am done trying to fight the good fight. This city is dying. I am getting out of here while I still can.
Yeah, he has done the job alright. Memphis is now the most violent city in the United States. Four more years of his "leadership" and there may not be a city of Memphis left.
The Mayor knows he is in serious trouble. His pathetic attempts to win over black voters using racist rhetoric is not working as he had hoped. He was embarrassed at his own rally last night. Herenton will get a majority of the black vote, but not the 70%-80% that he needs to win. His only hope now is that Herman Morris and Carol Chumney get about 30% of the total vote each and he is able to sneak into another term with 35%. Why oh why can we not have a run-off provision for mayoral elections in this city? It is a travesty that 65% of the people of this city will vote against the winner of the election on Thursday. What kind of mandate is 35%? By the way, if there were a run-off, Herenton would be a sure loser. According to the poll released yesterday, if the race for mayor were a two-person race between Morris and Herenton, Morris would win in a landslide, 55%-37%. Even if it were a two-person race between Chumney and Herenton, Chumney would win easily, 53%-41%. The majority of the voters in this city are tired of Herenton and want him to hit the bricks, but because there is no run-off, we may be stuck with him for another long 4 years. God help us.
Hey TigerPolice- old Harold Sr wasn't such a master back in 1999 when he could only muster 26% for Joe against King Willie. This is not 1991. Harold Sr doesn't even live in this region anymore. His ability to get out the vote is not near what it used to be.
Carol for Mayor: Every poll has shown Carol to be sliding. The Yaboubian Poll showed her losing 5%. The CA poll today showed her losing 5% since July and 13% since April. Why is Carol losing so much support?
wintermute- she has no clue. She is simply playing politics. The only thing that can be taken from the early voting numbers is which early voting locations have the most activity. Four of the five early voting locations with the most activity are in Midtown, East Memphis and Cordova. Those are mostly Carol and Herman voters. That is certainly not a good sign for the Mayor.
I believe there should be a run-off provision for the mayoral election as well as every city council seat (currently, city council "super districts" do not have run-offs, but the regular council district seats do). Another thing...why do we have to have city council "super districts" seats in the first place? Wouldn't the residents of the city of Memphis be better served if the city was divided into 13 regular city council districts of about 50,000 people each? I have never understood why the run-off provision was eliminated or why the super districts were created.
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