May 20, 2013
WAPT just http://www.wapt.com/news/politics/-/9156836/20224836/-/hr78ghz/-/index.html">released Mason-Dixon poll results that show that mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee's lead has shrunk three points since Friday, and Chokwe Lumumba's support has increased seven points. Lee leads 46 percent to 42 percent going into tomorrow's pivotal run-off face. The poll showed 12 percent still undecided. Lee led 49 percent to 35 percent in poll results released Friday.
The poll shows that Lumumba leads with black voters 46 percent to 36 percent with 18 percent undecided. Lee leads Lumumba 87 percent to 4 percent with white voters with 9 percent undecided.
The newest poll results come after several controversial campaign days, which included http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2013/may/17/lee-attempts-paint-lumumba-other/">an anti-Lumumba TV ad using what Lee called "sound bites" to question Lumumba's religious faith, strength as a Democrat and like for police officers. The same day, news hit that Lumumba was also running a controversial ad, http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/weblogs/politics-blog/2013/may/17/bennie-thompson-backs-lumumba-links-lee-to-gop/">featuring Rep. Bennie Thompson endorsing Lumumba and questioning Lee's Democratic credentials.
Today, campaign controversy increased further with news of chttp://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2013/may/20/campaign-trickery-lumumba-race-traitor-lee-rankin-/">ontroversial flyers left on cars during church services, but any fallout from that is not likely reflected in the polls, yet.
The poll showed that 46 percent believe that Lumumba defeated Lee in a pivotal debate Friday night with 31 percent saying Lee won. The poll shows the debate had a huge impact: Lee led by 47 percent among debate watchers before the debate with only 38 percent of them supporting him afterward. Lumumba's support among debate waters jumped from 33 percent to 50 percent after the debate.
The poll has a +/- 4.5 margin of error.