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Durham Voters Name Major Issues, Favorite Candidates in Mayoral Race

Posted October 24, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT

— On Nov. 2, voters will elect the next mayor of Durham. The runoff election is between Incumbent Mayor Nick Tennyson and Council Member Floyd McKissick.

The latestMason-Dixon poll numbersshow Tennyson with a 10 percent point lead.

The poll, conducted for WRAL-TV andThe News and Observer, shows Tennyson with support of 46 percent of likely voters and McKissick with 36 percent. Eighteen percent of likely voters are still undecided.

There is a clear split along racial lines.

Tennyson is the choice with two-thirds of whites; McKissick a favorite of more than 70 percent of African Americans.

The most important issues in the race for Durham mayor are fighting crime, taxes, government spending and character.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent. The poll, which was conducted last Thursday and Friday, included 408 likely voters.

You can read more about the poll in Tuesday's News and Observer.