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Wed August 5, 2009
Wood to face Bernero in November
By Rob South, WKAR News
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Virg Bernero and Carol Wood will face off in November for the mayor's office in Lansing. Only six points separated the two candidates after Tuesday's primary. WKAR's Rob South reports.
Turnout for yesterday's primary was low. Of the 9,600 votes cast, Virg Bernero got fewer than 44 percent. Carol Wood was only six points lower with 38 percent. Wood says she's still excited about the results.
"We've said right along that this is the people's race; this is their campaign," Wood said. "And that they've demonstrated that, from the website to lemonade stands to spaghetti dinners, to walking door to door with their families. This has been one of those campaigns that says that we want change in Lansing."
Bernero says the low voter turnout makes it hard to predict what will happen in November.
"Well, I don't look at it as lost votes, because it's a primary election so the top two come out," Bernero says. "I think it's a fine victory; I accept it, and I accept the challenge of moving forward in the general election, where the turnout will be more than twice, probably, what it was. So it really is a whole other election."
In the city council races, at-large incumbents Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar will be on the ballot with Harold Leeman and Rina Risper. Jessica Yorko and Chris Lewless will compete in the fourth ward and in the second ward incumbent Sandy Allen and Tina Houghton advance to the general election.