BRIDGEPORT — A new poll suggests Patrick Daley Thompson has taken the early lead in the 11th Ward race for alderman.
The one-question poll was conducted last week by Ogden & Fry for the political news website Aldertrack. Via phone call, a random sample of 429 likely voters were asked who they'd vote for if the election was held today. The results:
Patrick Daley Thompson — 160 votes (37.3 percent)
John Kozlar — 93 votes (21.7 percent)
Maureen Sullivan — 50 votes (11.7 percent)
The key here is the number of undecided voters.
Twenty-seven respondents — nearly 30 percent — said they were undecided.
The poll suggests Thompson would need to capture about a third of those undecided votes to avoid a runoff and win outright.
But right now, it would be a two-man race between Thompson and Kozlar.
The relatively high number of undecided voters is fairly typical for the weeks leading up to a race, said Ogden & Fry's Tom Swiss.
"When early voting begins [Monday], the undecideds will be removed and then you'll get a chance to see which way they break," Swiss said.
The election takes place Feb. 24.
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