We’re five weeks away from the primary in the Kansas City mayor’s race and a new, independent poll shows it is a wide-open race.
The independent poll from Remington Research shows many voters have not settled on a choice.
The survey of 485 likely voters shows City Councilwoman Jolie Justus leading with 18 percent and lawyer Steve Miller with 15 percent, but 29 percent are undecided. The poll’s margin of error is 4 percent, meaning Justus and Miller are in a statistical tie.
“Jolie is in the lead. That’s what she was expected to do. She isn’t pulling away, which is, at one point, what you expected her to do,” political observer Woody Cozad said.
Cozad is a former chair of the Missouri Republican Party and close observer of Kansas City politics.
Four members of the City Council — Quinton Lucas, Jermaine Reed, Scott Taylor and Scott Wagner — are in the second tier of the poll, followed by Alissia Canady and Phil Glynn in the third tier.
Miller is the only candidate running commercials so far. Justus’ campaign will start sending out mailers soon.
In a head-to-head matchup, Justus leads Miller, but the percentage of undecided voters soars to 41 percent in that case.
Look for the candidates to sharpen the differences and try to draw voters’ attention.
“Somebody is going to have to poke the bear to make it wake up, and I think nobody has poked the public yet very hard,” Cozad said.