A group called the Black Leadership Forum is claiming that African-Americans in Atlanta are in danger of losing access to the Mayor’s office if Mary Norwood is elected. The answer to this looming disaster? Elect Lisa Borders. Aaron Turpeau writes this:
“Time is of the essence because in order to defeat a Norwood (white) mayoral candidacy we have to get out now and work in a manner to defeat her without a runoff, and the key is a significant Black turnout in the general election,” Turpeau wrote.
Black voters typically vote less frequently in run-off elections than White voters do, so Turpeau’s notion that a candidate supported by White voters has a better chance in a run-off is supported by historical trends.
“The reasons support should be given to Lisa Borders is: 1) she is the best black candidate in the race who has a chance to win the election because she can attract downtown white support; and 2) based on polling data drawn from a host of sources between May 2009 and July 2009, the numbers suggest Borders is growing stronger as we move closer to the election, while the most recent polling data suggests that the other black candidates are falling further behind over the same period,” Turpeau wrote.
“By coming out for Borders now would eliminate Reed, Spikes and Thomas as viable candidates. Some would argue that if the polling data is correct then those candidates who are only polling at 8%, 2% and 1% respectfully, are already effectively out of the race; and… It is unlikely that there will be a unified preference among existing black leadership and in the African American community for one candidate prior to the general election,” Turpeau wrote.
Also according to Turpeau, most of the candidates for Mayor are *gasp* Republicans.
“While some may think that Franklin represents the last link to the Jackson Machine, it is not widely known that both Borders and Reed are directly connected to Franklin; or that Spikes and Thomas are Republicans, as is Norwood,” Turpeau wrote.
I don’t know how to react to this other than to laugh.
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