In a normal City Council election, the primary is a fairly accurate poll of the general election.
In a close primary race, the winner on election night may be different from the primary winner because the voter turnout is heavier for the general election and the voters for candidates that lost in the primary may tend to gravitate toward a particular candidate in the general election.
There was little normal about the twice delayed Tuesday, July 26 City Council election, and in the mayor’s race Mayor Nancy Vaughan won both the primary and the general election but the percentages were far different – and as expected the voter turnout was less in the general election than in the primary.
Vaughan won the May 17 primary with 45 percent of the vote to 35 percent for District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling. In the primary Mark Cummings received 10 percent and Eric Robert 9.5 percent.
As Outling noted after the primary, more people voted against Vaughan than for her, and it would make sense for Outling to pick up a majority of those votes in the general election.
But in the general election on July 26, Vaughan’s percentage dropped to 43 percent and Outling’s increased to 41.7 percent. Adding votes from the candidates that lost in the primary wouldn’t cause Vaughan’s percentage of the vote to drop.
In the May 17 primary day voting, Outling only won 13 of the 108 precincts. Cummings won one precinct. There were two ties and Vaughan won 92 precincts.
In the July 26 general election day voting, Outling won 63 precincts. Vaughan won 40 and there were five ties. That’s a huge turn around.
In the election day voting, Outling won with 8,745 votes to 7,952 for Vaughan.
But Vaughan won the election because in early voting she had 5,717 votes to 4,582 for Outling.
Interesting statistics but the fact is neither Candidate should be mayor. Both have been on the council while rioters destroyed downtown, raised taxes to the highest level in GSO history, tried to defund and not support the police, wasted 400,000.00 on buying a gun show and the hiding it. Hiring a city manager and a city attorney that do not believe in transparency of government. The list goes on and on but most tax payers are unaware and tired of politics or support the left leaning Woke politics of this council. Why would a council give money to the ICRM to buy an office building that will be removed from the tax base. The no vote by these two on the budget was only a political play, you noticed that neither Vaughn or Outling offered an alternative to the current tax increase.
Seems like an election audit would be worth doing to make sure the election was honest and pure.
Thanks to this page and the Simkins Pac, this is the reason why Vaughan won another term. This page advertised her campaign, plus the pushed for a write in candidate that they knew full well didn’t have a snowball chance on the Sun. Basically a Ralph Nader effect on Outling. The Simkins Pac endorsed Vaughan over Outling. Outling has been called a sell out by some of his same race, why excuse he didn’t hang out with Goldie Wells, Hightower, Skip Alston and the rest of that clit….Outling complained about slow development in Downtown Greensboro and how Greensboro fell behind Durham, Raleigh and Charlotte. He was supportive of funding the Police and bringing back the Police Gang Task Force. Getting teens productive with Summer Jobs for E. Greensboro. He didn’t bash the GPD like some others in his race. However, the Simkins took some votes away or made some not vote for either. And the three party Ralph Nader took some votes away. Congratulations Rhino Times and Simkins Pac. You hands are all on this. This is a Democratic City, with a Conservative County. So you knew a Republicans wouldn’t have a chance in the city Limits. I guess some of you Conservatives could move to Rockingham, Randolph or Alamance County now. Smdh
The Rhino Times and Simpkins Pac are 100% responsible for helping Vaughan get back in Office. You ran her campaign on your page and Simpkins endorse Vaughan over Outling. I guess they felt Vaughan is more easy to push around than Outling. Plus he didn’t hang out with Wells, Hightower and Slip Alston. Wasn’t apart of their click. This college city is Liberal, if you want conservative then more out into the county or Rockingham County. So congratulations of the longest running mayor in Greensboro History you helped. You knew that Republicans Ralph Nader didn’t have a chance. Justed threw away you vote to help Vaughan. Smart!!!
I think that the RHINO could and should accept advertising from any source. We might not agree, but we can agree to disagree.
It didn’t take a genius to figure out that was going to happen. This paper either is in the pockets of the insiders that wanted outling to lose or does not do a very good job at research before giving opinions. Sad to say I believe it is both.