Candidates weigh in on Indianapolis mayoral poll

Both candidates for Indianapolis mayor said Thursday morning they are encouraged by the results of a WISH-TV/Franklin College Poll on the mayor race.

The poll shows incumbent Republican Greg Ballard has an 11 percent lead over Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy, just days before Election Day.

“It kind of confirms that people like what we’re doing,” Ballard said. “We’ve been working hard for four years to change the direction of the city.”

Ballard called it “heartwarming” that people recognized the work his administration has accomplished.

Despite trailing, Kennedy remained confident about her chances on Election Day.

“I’m pretty encouraged because what the polls showed us is I’m significantly leading in those who already voted,” Kennedy said.

The poll broke down who people said they voted for if they participated in early or absentee voting, and Kennedy beat Ballard 44 percent to his 30 percent. But Ballard didn’t seem phased by the early voting results.

“I think people are still voting,” he said. “They vote when it’s convenient for them.”

Ballard said he expects more votes to go his direction on Election Day. He plans to spend the next five days pushing the importance of voter turnout.

Kennedy said she believes the fact that fewer than 50 percent of people said they would vote for Ballard indicates people’s unwillingness to re-elect him. Ballard insists people know the good things he’s done for the city.


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