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Newest Tampa mayoral polls show Jane Castor with strong lead one day before election

Posted at 5:06 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 06:07:45-05

TAMPA, Fla. — We talked to two local women planning to vote Tuesday for Tampa Mayor.

“I just like the general feeling of being in there. The camaraderie of voting,” said voter Lynn Andrew.

And these ladies will likely be in good company.

“I’m thinking about sleeping on it one last time because I want to make the right decision,” said voter Alvaelinda Marshall.

Sixty percent of people who voted in municipal elections in 2011 cast their ballots on Election Day.

"Well, there’s two candidates who were the strongest ones for me, which was Straz and Castor,” said Susan Stechhi.

A recent St. Pete Polls survey polled 540 registered voters. The poll showed Jane Castor with a healthy lead at 35.9 percent of the vote. David Straz came in at number two with 14.2%.

Any candidate would need 50% of the vote, so a runoff could be a reality.

"I would be very surprised if there wasn’t,” said Stecchi.

Early voting and mail in ballots are up from 8 years ago as well, but so is the number of registered voters.

“Every time I look around, there’s someone new moving to Tampa because they like what’s going on down here,” said Marshall.

Precincts are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.