Update: Greg Helding "won" our first straw poll. "Won" is in quotes here because the poll really doesn't mean much. The poll has no scientific accuracy and shouldn't be taken too seriously. That said, if you're a candidate it's nice to have a decent showing in this kind of exercise. Rounding out the top four were John Dickert, Pete Karas and Jim Spangenberg. Our hope was to get a glimmer of insight into campaigns' abilities to mobilize online supporters and get them to vote. That said, you hardly need strong online support to win an election. It's the real votes that matter, and we won't know those for a few weeks.
Original: Tonight we launched an online poll for the mayor primary election.
These things aren't scientifically accurate and don't mean much. But over the next few weeks we'll run a series of "straw polls" to see which candidates can mobilize online support. The first straw poll started at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and will run through 11:30 p.m. Friday night. Candidates are encouraged to use whatever means are necessary to tally the most votes. We'll report the results tomorrow night and setup a new poll.
Voters, the poll is located in the upper right corner of this page. Candidates, good luck!
The real primary election to whittle the field from 11 candidates to two is April 7. The general election is May 5.