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Poll: Leon Stavrinakis Leads Charleston Mayor’s Race

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LAWMAKER HAS TWO-TO-ONE EDGE OVER NEAREST RIVAL …

|| By FITSNEWS || A new poll shows S.C. representative Leon Stavrinakis leading the field in the race for mayor of Charleston.

The fifth-term state lawmaker leads his closest rival – local businessman John Tecklenburg – by more than a 2-to-1 margin according to the survey, which was conducted by a national pollster commissioned by the frontrunner’s campaign.

Stavrinakis is supported by 26 percent of voters – easily outdistancing Tecklenburg’s 12 percent support.  Tied for third in the survey are nonprofit community leader Ginny Deerin and city councilman William Dudley Gregorie (with eight percent apiece), while former city councilman Paul Tinkler is in fourth place with seven percent of the vote, ahead of community leader Maurice Washington (four percent).

A whopping 35 percent of voters remain undecided in the race to replace longtime mayor Joe Riley – who is stepping down after four decades on the job.

Stavrinakis’ survey – conducted between August 17-19, 2015 by Garin-Hart-Yang research group in Washington, D.C. – polled 403 likely voters in the November 3 election.  The survey results have a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

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