By Brent Jones, Presentation editor
St. Louis Beacon: 03.06.13
In Tuesday's Democratic primary, Mayor Francis Slay won 54 percent of the vote to Lewis Reed's 44 percent, with a final vote total of 23,968 for Slay to 19,494 for Reed. Jimmy Matthews got 575 votes, just over 1 percent. Reed's biggest vote margin victory was in the 21st Ward where he won 1,153 more votes than Slay. Slay saw a 2,048-vote margin of victory in the 16th Ward. The closest race by percentage, was in the 6th Ward, Reed's home ward, where Slay won by 3.9 percent, or 81 votes. City turnout was a tick over 22 percent, ranging from a high of over 35 percent in the 16th Ward to 13.4 percent in the 20th.
Slay on the path to make history as he wins St. Louis' Democratic primary for mayorSt. Louis Beacon / 03-05-13
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay appears to be on his way to becoming the city’s longest-serving chief executive, after winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary over his chief rival, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed.
\With all of the ballots counted, Slay led with 54.4 percent of the vote to Reed's 44.3 percent. But the margin was only about 4,500 votes; Slay collected 23,968 votes to Reed's 19,494 votes. Former Alderman Jimmie Matthews finished a distant third, with only 575 votes.
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HOW SLAY WON
Slay's path to victory ran through southwest and central areas of St. Louis
St. Louis Post-Dispatch / 03-07-13
by Nicholas J.C. Pistor
ST. LOUIS • Slay this year faced his strongest challenger yet, after cruising to re-election in previous campaigns. In 2009, Slay garnered nearly 62 percent of the vote when his main challenger was former Alderman Irene Smith and turnout was much lower. On Tuesday, Slay earned 54 percent of the vote against Reed.
Voters in the southwest St. Louis wards running from Interstate 44 south to Interstate 55 showed up in the biggest numbers — and they went solidly for Slay. For example, Slay won 85 percent of the vote in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood’s 16th Ward, where more than one-third of registered voters turned out to vote, the city’s highest rate. That alone accounted for 2,400 votes for the mayor.
David Kimball, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, noted that the “turnout in north city appears to be closer to the turnout in south city, at least as compared to previous city elections.”
But Slay benefited from the monster turnout in a few of his most loyal wards. Reed had no ward in the north that turned out for him in as big of numbers. His best showing was in the 21st Ward, where almost 24 percent of registered voters turned out, totaling about 1,500 votes.
In the end, Kimball said the election “was a referendum on the mayor’s job performance. I suspect that when we look at the exit poll results, we will find that a majority of St. Louis voters have positive evaluations of the mayor and the direction of the city.”