Did GOP Votes Put Adrian Perkins Over the Top? [VIDEO]
Political analyst Scott Hughes talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the results from Tuesday night's mayor's race, breaking down the numbers and what both Adrian Perkins and Ollie Tyler have to do to win December's runoff.
Hughes tells KEEL listeners that a major factor in Perkins grabbing 29% was his ability to get a number of traditionally Republican voters. "He became attractive to Republicans for a couple of reasons," Hughes says, "He's highly educated and he has his military service. Those are traditional things that if he were a white candidate they would be screaming from the roof. Look at his education, look at his military service."
Hughes also points out that lots of voters were looking for a new candidate, including GOPers who saw a repeat of previous electoral losses. "They looked...and said, 'We're not going to do this again.' It's like Groundhog Day. There's no prize for second place in politics. You only win if you can win the second round.