An upcoming democratic primary in Syracuse for the job of mayor may be Stephanie Miner's to lose. She holds a commanding lead over two opponents in the race. That's the finding of an exclusive YNN-Siena Research Poll on the democratic mayoral runoff. YNN's Bill Carey reports on the candidates' reaction.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For Stephanie Miner, the news could not be better. Among democrats likely to take part in the primary, the survey shows her holding a substantial lead over two opponents among democrats likely to take part in the primary.
"It has been an extraordinarily challenging set of times to be mayor in any city in the United States and Syracuse in particular. We've made a series of hard decisions and tough decisions, but I think people respect that and see that the city is moving forward," said Miner.
The mayor's opponents are not giving up. Common Councilor Patrick Hogan says he's encouraged by the poll since his own polling, earlier this year, showed him close to 50 percentage points behind Miner.
"We've gained some ground. In addition, I want to rely on my history a little bit. I was about a 30 point underdog when I won my first council race," noted Hogan.
Activist Alfonso Davis, in his second run for the mayor's job, says he can still turn things around.
"I'm not discouraged by that, at all. It tells me that we have a lot of work to do in terms of our grass roots effort, in making sure that our message is clear that we're looking to charter a better course, a new course that is not the status quo," said Davis.
All three candidates believe things can change in the final days of any campaign, and a low turnout could mean volatility in the final outcome. That's something Davis says he's focused on as he goes door to door.
"We're trying to engage them. We're trying to arouse them. We're trying to get them focused on this aspect because, at the end of the day, let's be clear, whoever wins the primary, will be the mayor of Syracuse," said Davis.
Hogan said his work on the street is also far from done.
"We've already been doing it, but we're going to amp it up. We can smell the finish line right now and we want to be there," added Hogan.
The Mayor said she's taking nothing for granted despite the positive numbers.
"You have to be realistic when you're a mayor and understand that not everybody's always going to agree with you. And that's the American process," said Miner. "I'm going out and saying this is what we've done, this is what I want to continue to do and these are the decisions. And I hope more people vote for me than teh other guys, and I think that they will."
The primary election is set for September 10.
Exclusive YNN-Siena Research Institute Poll
The full results can be viewed here.