Denver’s two victors in the first round (April 4) now have to keep campaigning seven weeks while holding down the early spending.
The first poll has Mike Johnston up by 5 points similar to his election win over Kelly Brough by 4 points. (Bi-partisan poll from business group A Denver for Us All.)
The order, in the first election, is very often the opposite in the runoff. Peña and Webb were both behind in their first elections and first reelections and yet went on to win. Mayor Hancock came in second in 2011, the most recent open seat mayoral election.
Two early endorsements summed up the candidates’ strengths. Former Mayor Federico Peña praised Johnston’s detailed plans and his ability to pass Proposition 123 last November helping finance affordable housing.
Former Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife Wilma declared Brough had the experience, could bring people together, and could make history as the first woman mayor after 45 men. For now, that is the distinguishing factor – whether it’s dispositive will be seen.RELATED:
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