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Write-in Candidate Mike Duggan Top Vote Getter in Detroit Primary Election, Heads to Run-off Against Benny Napoleon for City’s New Mayor

2013-08-07 by Melissa Marschall

Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, both seasoned political figures, will vie to become the next mayor of Detroit. The two emerged out of a field of 16, with the next closest vote getter (Detroit corporation counsel Krystal Crittendon) receiving only 6% of votes. Duggan came from behind but received 46% of the votes based on initial results reported in the Detroit Free Press. Though Duggan outspent Napoleon by 4 to 1, yesterday’s outcome appeared to come as a surprise to Napoleon’s supporters, who believed he was the frontrunner. According to the story by Detroit Free Press reporter Matt Helms, the last time a write-in candidate almost won the city’s mayorship was in 1925 when Charles Bowles ran. For more on this story here and here.

 
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