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Ald. Deb Mell Has 9-Point Lead Over Meegan, Race Could End in Run-Off: Poll

By Patty Wetli | February 11, 2015 9:30am
 Ald. Deb Mell (c.) holds a narrow lead over challenger Tim Meegan in the 33rd Ward, according to a new poll.
Ald. Deb Mell (c.) holds a narrow lead over challenger Tim Meegan in the 33rd Ward, according to a new poll.
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ALBANY PARK — Ald. Deb Mell has support from one in three voters in the 33rd Ward, shy of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff, according to polling data released this week.

A Feb. 6 poll by Ogden & Fry for Aldertrack showed slightly more than 33 percent of likely voters favoring Mell, with 24 percent breaking for challenger Tim Meegan and 12 percent for Annisa Wanat. Another 30 percent of the 365 survey respondents were undecided.

If no candidate captures 50 percent of the ballots cast on Feb. 24, the top two vote-getters will go head to head in a run-off election scheduled for April 7.

“Meegan is currently positioned to be the run-off challenger,” according to the pollsters. “Since most activity in municipal elections occurs in the last two weeks, there is still room for further development in this race.”

Survey respondents were selected from a random sampling of 33rd Ward residents who had voted in at least one of the last three elections.

Early voting is now underway across the city through Feb. 21. A guide to neighborhood early voting sites and candidate information can be found here.

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