Mayoral Race a Dead Heat

Mayoral Race a Dead Heat

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Richard Piatt ReportingThe race for Salt Lake City Mayor is too close to call. That's according to a new Dan Jones poll for KSL and the Deseret News.

The race for Salt Lake City Mayor has slowly gotten more intense, especially since the primary which eliminated Molonai Hola. The latest Dan Jones poll for KSL and the Deseret News shows a dead heat: 47 percent of registered voters say they are definitely for or lean toward Rocky Anderson. 45 percent are definitely for or lead toward Frank Pignanelli. Seven percent are undecided as of last week.

Rocky Anderson, Salt Lake City Mayor: "I expected it would be a tight race. But frankly, our numbers that we do every night with phone banking don't show it's quite this close."

Frank Pignanelli, Candidate for Salt Lake City Mayor: "The response we've been getting is great. We've been doing great grass roots campaigning, plus we've got a media component we've added in the last couple weeks. We're very gratified that our hard work is paying off."

As of last week interest in the Mayor's race was high. Of the 758 registered city voters interviewed, 80 percent ranked their interest either an 8, 9 or 10 on a scale of 1-to-10. 54 percent say they're very interested.

So far, Molonai Hola, who gathered 26 percent of the vote in the primary, has not formally endorsed either candidate. But a nod up from him could be a deciding factor since the race is so close.

Our poll shows 31 percent of those interviewed supported Hola in the Primary. Of that 31 percent, 246 people--a whopping 73 percent-- say they'd support Pignanelli on Tuesday.

That makes turnout extremely important for both Rocky Anderson and Frank Pignanelli on Tuesday. They both know it too, and are pushing themselves and their campaigns into overdrive in the final days.

Anderson and Pignanelli will be in studio tomorrow morning on Eyewitness News with some final thoughts. No doubt, they will urge everyone to get out and vote on Tuesday!

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