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St. Petersburg heads to a 2-man showdown for Mayor

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ST PETERSBURG, FL -

Incumbent mayor Bill Foster will face challenger Rick Kriseman in the Nov. 5 general election after the two were the top finishers in Tuesday's primary election.  Foster garnered 40 percent of the vote.  Kriseman received 38 percent.

Surrounded by friends and supporters, a beaming Mayor Bill Foster shook hands and hugged others, after seeing positive numbers from polling sites and mail ballots.

His plan for the time between now and the general election is to talk about issues facing the city in a style that allows more debate. He says his record stands on its own.

"I think most people feel like St. Petersburg's going in the right direction and I want people to look around. Look at the construction, look at the jobs, look at downtown, look at the neighborhoods," said Foster.

Mayor Foster is prepared to debate on topics like the pier and the Rays, saying his leadership style has suited the city well.

"Let's get down to visions and let's talk about the issues," he said.

A few blocks to the north, another victory party. Former city council member and state legislator, Rick Kriseman is well aware that he faces a well-funded and well-connected Mayor Foster.

He says he plans to go after those who voted for Kathleen Ford. 

"And I'm gonna work hard to earn their votes. Because if there's one thing that I've learned on this campaign, is that the residents of this city are craving leadership and honesty, and action and results," said Kriseman.

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