Back when we covered the '07 mayoral election we had a small army of writers out and about, because who doesn't like drinking at a watch party and calling it "work." Now, with Merten gone and Schutze on vacation and Patrick Michels covering a small-town race for a cover story, it's just me, Old Fitzgerald, a fresh pack of Reds and a KISS '76 bootleg. I keep telling myself it's better this way.
Besides, we always have to keep us company Mike Rawlings's Mustache, which, thanks to Roger Staubach's meaty P'Zone and a billion dollars, continues to lead the pack of mayoral wanna-bes: With 40 out of 555 precincts reporting (most in the southern sector), he's got 42.43 percent of the vote -- or 13,661 votes. David Kunkle's separated a bit from Ron Natinsky: The former chief's got 29.52 percent (9,505 votes) to the council member's 8,453. Ed Okpa? Right.
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In District 3, with five out of 56 precincts checking in,
Scott Griggs's early lead over Dave Neumann done grown: He's got 1,719, or 58.99 percent of the vote. Districts 12 and 14 remain unchanged. Also: Carolyn Davis ain't going nowhere. Which is the night's real highlight, let's be honest.