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BIBB VS KELLEY CAGE MATCH LET'S GOOOOOOOOO
A new poll by Baldwin-Wallace University found that Justin Bibb leads Kevin Kelley by 10% among registered Cleveland voters. Of the more than 400 voters polled, 34% said they'd vote for Bibb in the Nov. 2 general election, 25% said they'd vote for Kelley, and 40% said they remained undecided.
Given the poll's 5% margin of error, Bibb might actually be anywhere from 4-14% ahead of Kelley, and he leads in all demographic categories BW surveyed.
"In our snapshot of voter preference, Justin Bibb continues the strong lead he held coming out of the primary, but there is a large group of undecided voters," said Tom Sutton, director of BW Community Research Institute, in a statement published with the poll results. "It's likely that the 40% who are undecided includes a mix of primary voters who chose a candidate other than Bibb or Kelley."
Sutton noted that Bibb and Kelley had each received endorsements from primary opponents who were popular on the city's east side. Zack Reed endorsed Bibb and Basheer Jones endorsed Kelley on the same day earlier this month. Both are trying to fortify their existing support in precincts where Reed, Jones and Sandra Williams were top vote-getters.
The poll also included a survey of issues that were most important to voters. Public safety and education were the top two that respondents selected from a list of 15.
Respondents were also asked about projects in Cleveland that had benefited them most. The Metroparks management of Cleveland's lakefront parks, road repairs and redevelopment of near west side neighborhoods were the top three responses. Renovations at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse and the city's hosting the RNC were at the bottom of the list.
"Parks, improved housing and gathering spaces are more important to voters than the splash of costly high-profile events and upgraded entertainment venues," Sutton said.
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