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St. Pete mayor's race in final stretch

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - The final day before St. Petersburg chooses a new mayor, volunteers for both candidates are working to get the vote out. 

Democrat Rick Kriseman is challenging incumbent Republican Bill Foster. 

After joining former governor Charlie Crist in his formal announcement of candidacy for Governor, Kriseman joined staff making phone calls to voters at his campaign headquarters. He spent the day getting this message out to voters,"I think we can do better. I think St. Petersburg is on the cusp and can take that next step, but think it's not going to happen unless we make a change in leadership."  

At the Foster headquarters, volunteers organized neighborhood walks to reach voters and planned to wave signs at busy intersections during rush hour today and tomorrow. Foster hopes his record resonates with voters. "St. Pete is doing very well. 72 % of the people think St. Pete's going in the right direction. You don't fire the coach  if you're winning. You keep winning so let's keep going," said Foster.

In a Survey USA Election Poll, Kriseman is poised to defeat Foster.  The poll conducted exclusively for WFLA-TV, shows Kriseman leading 58% to 39%. He is backed by African Americans, Democrats and liberals.    Foster leads among Republicans and conservatives.  The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.7%.

As part of the survey, likely voters were asked what issue most influenced their vote. The two top responses were the Pier, at 23% , and Crime at 23%.

Political Analyst, Dr. Susan MacManus believes the outcome of the St. Petersburg Mayoral race has implications beyond the city's borders.

 " The bigger picture here is if the Democrats were to pick up that mayor's race, they would hold all the big city mayors on the I-4 corridor, which Democrats say would help them in the 2014 election cycle," said MacManus.



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