I’ve been looking everywhere and can’t find it: last night, in their election coverage, News Channel 5 showed a map of the results of the mayor’s race, divided by council district. It was jaw-dropping.
Dean ruled the west, especially the southwest. What the? I didn’t see that coming at all! Clement was extremely strong in the east, especially the southeast. The downtown area, and the areas just north and south of it belonged to Gentry.
He’s got to feel sick today; he came so close he could almost taste it. Just a thousand or so more votes from the east or west and he’d be in (and Clement would be looking really stupid right now). I’m thinking if Briley hadn’t run, we’d be talking about a Dean-Gentry runoff.
The 22nd district (Bellevue), might be the strangest division by precinct I’ve ever seen. Dean squeeked by in each of the precincts, by only a few votes. Then, you get to Bellevue United Methodist Church, and Clement wins 526-37. That’s not a typo. Wow.
Speaking of, my friend Julie Lamb actually won that precinct, but lost all the others. There is no rhyme or reason to any of this. The 23rd district (mine) council race was a lot closer than I thought it would be. Never underestimate the power of Harding Academy. As far as mayor goes in my district: Dean trounced Clement. It wasn’t even close. Smarter people than me are going to have to figure this out, because I didn’t see it coming. I think it means that Dean has the old people vote locked up.
The complexion of the race will now change (literally). He who gets Gentry’s voters wins. Expect to see a lot of coverage of rich white men sitting in African American churches over the next few weeks. Gentry could play king maker if he were intersted in having a certain amount of power in the next administration.