Who do you think won Monday night’s debate at Temple Emanuel between Democratic mayoral candidates Shayne Gallo (the incumbent) and Steve Noble (the challenger)? Or was it a tie? Weigh in below. Voting will close at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 26 and we’ll have the results in this week’s print edition.
This poll is closed: Here’s the results and brief analysis by KT Editor Dan Barton:
So, here’s how our online poll on who won the mayoral debate finished: Shayne Gallo, 270; Steve Noble, 264; tie, 9.
Take what you will from this — it’s not a scientific poll (no poll where people take it upon themselves to participate ever is) and there was no way that I could figure out to limit the voting to city residents. What I take from it is an indication that the vote on Sept. 10 may well be a very tight one, like in 2011 where it looked on primary night that Hayes Clement won, only to have it go to Gallo by seven votes after absentee ballots were opened and counted. I would not be at all surprised if absentee ballots also decide the matter in 2015.
We’ve known for a long time Kingston Democrats are split pretty much in half, pro- and anti-Gallo. Both the Gallo and the Noble campaigns would be well-advised to find their highest gears as the campaign wraps up. It’s a cliché, sure, but in this case true — every vote really will count on Sept. 10.