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article imagePoll: Houston could elect its first openly gay mayor

By Andrew Moran     Dec 12, 2009 in Politics
On Saturday's election runoff, the city of Houston could elect its first openly gay mayor, which would make the Texas city the largest city in the United States to have a homosexual mayor.
The city of Houston will hold a runoff election on Saturday and City Controller Anise Parker is beating main rival Attorney Gene Lockey, according to CNN. Parker is leading by 13 points with 49 per cent to Lockey’s 36 per cent.
However, the KUHF 88.7 FM and KHOU Channel 11 News poll shows that 15 per cent are undecided who they would vote for on Saturday’s mayoral race. The two Democrats are facing off against each other once again, as November 3’s election showed no winner because neither could capture more than 50 per cent of the vote.
For many weeks, gay and lesbian organizations have supported Parker completely and raised money and campaigned for the openly gay candidate.
According to the Associated Press, Houston is the country’s fourth largest city and primarily Democratic. 60,000 of the 2.2 million Houston residents identify themselves as gay or lesbian.
The telephone survey was conducted between December 7 and 9 with 442 registered voters and contains a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points.
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