2 advance to Cincinnati mayoral vote; turnout low

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Associated Press

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two Cincinnati political veterans will square off in November to become the next mayor of Ohio's third-largest city after a primary notable for lack of voters.

Former Councilman John Cranley and Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls easily topped a four-candidate nonpartisan field Tuesday. In unofficial returns, Cranley had about 56 percent to 37 percent for Qualls.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/13Lt55a ) reports there are conflicting views of Cranley's surprisingly lop-sided primary victory. Only about 6 percent of registered voters turned out, leaving plenty of potential votes to be picked up by November. Also, two primary leaders in the past decade wound up losing in the general election.

Cranley and Qualls differ on two key issues. Qualls supports plans for a downtown streetcar and to lease city parking, while Cranley opposes both.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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