Denver Mayoral Race May Be Decided In A Runoff
Denver’s mayoral race features nine candidates, of which three are in a dead heat. Polls from the Dever Post/9News have shown Chris Romer, James Mejia and Michael Hancock tied in a virtual three-legged race for mayor, in a climate of significant voter apathy. A runoff will be mandatory if no candidate achieves more than 50 percent of the vote, and will only be conducted between the top two candidates.
Out of the 298,205 total mail in ballots that were issued to registered voters, just over 82,00 have been returned and verified by the Denver Elections Division, as of 4:50 p.m.
Berrick Abramson, campaign manager for the Mejia campaign, told HuffPost:
I think there have certainly been three issues voters are tuned into, one is the budget–you know, the $100 million shortfall, and how we’re going to impact that, the police department has had some high profile safety issues, and there are a lot of people talking about education, which the mayor can’t do anything about, as a significant curator in job developments.