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Richard Piatt ReportingThe candidates for Salt Lake City mayor are in a final push to get voters to the polls tomorrow. Tuesday is runoff election day, the time when a field of five candidates is clipped down to one.
The candidates each know turnout is extremely important in this primary runoff election. But historically turnout for primary elections is very low, which means each vote tomorrow is a potentially powerful one. By this time, each candidate has his pitch down pat.
Rocky Anderson, Salt Lake City Mayor: "Salt Lake City is booming, and it's because we've made such progress going in the last four years."
Frank Pignanelli, Candidate For SLC Mayor: “We're going to restore Salt Lake City so it's the number one place for business the number one place for arts and culture."
Moloni Hola, Candidate for SLC Mayor: “I am not a professional politician; I am a proven leader. I am not a liberal democrat; I am a moderate republican."
The latest Dan Jones poll for KSL and the Deseret News shows Rocky Anderson ahead by a wide margin, but results of the people most likely to actually show up and vote, shows the race much closer. That means turnout is especially important for challenger Moloni Hola, turning Tuesday's election into a race between him and Pignanelli.
Moloni Hola, Candidate for SLC Mayor: "We will beat Frank by just getting our core people that we've been able to register, and we'll surprise Frank tomorrow."
But Pignanelli, is already running against Anderson, comparing differences in style between he and the Mayor.
Frank Pignanelli, Candidate for SLC Mayor: "Right now we've got a management style that does not work. Salt Lake City is a great city, but it's starting to break apart."
After tomorrow the two candidates who remain are expected to run fierce campaigns with lots of television and radio ads.