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Leffingwell cruises into runoff with substantial lead over McCracken
Sunday, May 10, 2009 by Austin Monitor
With barely 13 percent of
Leffingwell, who started his campaign late because of timing issues on a special election to replace him on the Council, polled 27,444 votes to lead all five candidates for Mayor. McCracken garnered 15,570 votes for almost 27 percent. Carol Keeton Strayhorn, former state comptroller and a two-term mayor in the 1980s, came in third with just 12,450 votes, six percent behind McCracken.
Turnout in the early voting was light, with slightly more than six percent of
Leffingwell seemed surprised by his margin of victory.
“I’m exhilarated,” he said. “This is way beyond what I frankly expected. We felt like we were ahead in this campaign going in. We thought we had maybe 8 or 10 points, but this is a 20-point lead. We certainly didn’t expect it and I can’t account for it.”
Asked what he thought was the most important issue in his margin, Leffingwell said, “What I’ve been talking about this campaign is dealing with the basics, the fundamentals and I’ve been ridiculed for that in some quarters. But I happen to think that you can focus on the fundamentals and have an eye on the future as well. And I’m all for trying to rebuild economy, including attracting new major employers but I also want to put a major focus on businesses that are here as well.
“I’ve made many proposals to address traffic congestion, with an interim bond election just on transportation,” Leffingwell said. “I think that’s something that resonates with voters, because ever since I’ve been on the Council traffic congestion has been the number one thing on their minds. What do we do to keep from being the most congested mid-size city in the country?”
For his part, McCracken told cheering supporters that “I’m still running for mayor!” He did his best to put a positive spin on Leffingwell’s 20-point lead.
“Our values haven’t changed. They’re
Strayhorn supporters gathered at Jaime’s
“I first want to congratulate Council Member Leffingwell and Council Member McCracken on a race well run,” she said. “This city has given me nothing but a lifetime of sheer joy, and I will continue to give back my lifetime of experience in every possible positive way that I can.” Strayhorn did not offer any specifics on her plans, but did note that “my grandmothers lived healthy into their 90’s, so I’m just getting started.”
Also running in the Mayor’s race were David Buttross with 4 percent and Josiah Ingalls with less than 1 percent.
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