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Early polling shows Mark Kleinschmidt with a sizable lead in Chapel Hill mayoral race

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We're in for a treat. Rarely do you get the chance for some real insight into local municipal races. 

Per Chapelboro's Blake Hodge, a recently-commissioned Chapel Hill survey by Public Policy Polling found Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt with a somewhat comfortable spot atop the candidates. Of course, we're still seven weeks out from the election, but Kleinschmidt tweeted some relief. 

According to Chapelboro, Kleinschmidt leads all candidates with 37 percent supporting his re-election. Another 25 percent back Pam Hemminger, the candidate endorsed earlier this week by Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, and 5 percent support Gary Kahn.

It's much more muddled in the Town Council race, which has four seats up for grabs. Forty-two percent said they are undecided on their first choice; 52 percent say they don't have a second choice. Somewhat surprisingly, the candidate with the most support is local blogger Nancy Oates, another CHALT-backed candidate who pulled in support from 22 percent of those surveyed. 

Incumbent Lee Storrow appears to holding his own despite his arrest for driving while impaired last month in Chapel Hill. Storrow was in fourth, with 13 percent, behind fellow incumbents Jim Ward and Donna Bell.

Look for the Indy's Chapel Hill endorsement issue on Oct. 21. Raleigh and Durham endorsements are here. 

 


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