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Keith McCord reportingNew poll numbers show that this will be an intriguing race to watch. Dan Jones and Associates was in the field this week and heard some interesting comments!
"The incumbent usually has an advantage. But he's had some very, very difficult issues to handle, and some people feel that he's flip-flopped on some of these issues.," says pollster Dan Jones.
Jones is referring to the Main Street easement, and the probable move by Nordstrom to the Gateway. These issues-- inherited by Rocky Anderson-- are causing some voters to hold back for the moment.
Should Mayor Anderson be re-elected, or should someone else be given a chance?
--46% Another person
Source: Dan Jones & Assoc
Jones asked Salt Lake City voters, whether Anderson should be re-elected, or should someone else be given a chance. Justs over half want Anderson to serve a second term. And 46 percent are willing to consider someone else.
"It looks like, to me, the Republicans are still shopping," Jones says. "Forty-two percent of the Republicans don't know whethr they want Anderson, Pignanelli or Hola."
If You Voted today:
--Rocky Anderson: 49%
--Frank Pignanelli: 20%
--Molonai Hola: 7%
--Don't Know: 24%
Jones expects an expensive contest this time around, with candidates spending at least a quarter of a million dollars each.
He says Anderson is a very formidable candidate and will be difficult to beat.
"But what I see in the numbers is that it will be a very competitive, hard-fought race," he says.
Mayor Anderson says he's pleased with the numbers. He feels anytime more than 50 percent of voters support you, that's very encouraging.
But, more candidates could still enter the race-- the filing deadline is August.
You can get a full report on the poll, and some reaction, in tomorrow morning's issue of the Deseret News.