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Poll Shows Taylor With Big Lead In Ann Arbor Mayoral Primary Race

Ann Arbor voters will be choosing from among four Democratic candidates for mayor in next week's primary election, and a new poll finds city council member Christopher Taylor with a big lead.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle published results of the poll by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, which shows Taylor the favorite among 39 percent of voters polled.  Council member Sabra Brier is closest, with 19 percent. 

Chronicle Editor Dave Askins says he wasn't surprised by the results, but the clustering seen in the polling was unexpected.

 "I figured that the pattern was probably going to be something like Taylor as the frontrunner with something like 40 percent," Askins says, "and then some other candidate in the low to mid 30's with the other two in the low teens.  And what we got instead was Taylor with 39 percent and then the others in the mid teens, but all clumped more or less within the margin of error of the poll, which was plus or minus 4.7 percent."

Behind Taylor and Briere, the poll has council member Stephen Kunselman the favorite with 15 percent of those polled, and council member Sally Hart Petersen at 13 percent. 

15 percent of the 435 likely voters surveyed were undecided. 

Ann Arbor voters will choose the Democrat who will likely succeed John Heiftje as mayor in next week's primary election.

Find the complete poll results online: