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McCracken’s campaign acknowledges there’s a “lot of ground to make up.”
Saturday, May 9, 2009 by Austin Monitor
The early voting results have come in, and show Brewster McCracken with 27 percent of the vote so far – ahead of Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who came in with 21 percent, but far behind fellow Council Member Lee Leffingwell, who leads with 47 percent.
McCracken Campaign Manager Colin Rowan looked exhausted when he arrived at the McCracken election night shindig at Cuatros in West Campus. “We clearly have a lot of ground to make up with our Election Day votes,” he said.
Rowan said he wasn’t particularly surprised by Leffingwell’s lead. “We knew that Leffingwell had a good ground game, and was going to get early voters to the polls,” he said. “We’re going to hope that the work we did in the last 48 hours pays off. We’ve been phone banking and block walking, targeting undecided voters and people who are leaning towards Brewster.” Rowan estimated they’ve reached thousands of voters in the past two days. In the next hour or so, we’ll know whether the effort was enough to close the sizable gap between McCracken and Leffingwell.
Neither Carole Keeton Strayhorn nor her campaign manager had arrived at her party as of 8pm.
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