Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tempe mayor race: Michael Monti has narrow lead in vote - by The Arizona Republic

Race for Tempe mayor vs. Mitchell is a bitter battle

by Dianna M. Náñez, Edward Gately and Philip Haldiman - May. 15, 2012 09:54 PM

The race for Tempe mayor was a bitter battle to the unofficial end.

With all 15 precincts reported, Michael Monti had a narrow lead over Mark Mitchell, according to the unofficial election results Tuesday in the runoff election for mayor.


With only early ballots turned in at the polls and provisional ballots left to count, Monti had about a percentage point lead. Tempe officials said there will be an automatic recount if there are 10 or fewer votes separating the candidates.

While many community leaders expected the stakes to be high in a race to elect only the fourth mayor the city has had since 1978, the nasty turn in campaigning surprised even veteran political analysts. Each candidate called the other a liar, failed businessman and flawed leader.

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