How big does Michael Nutter have to win?

It appears certain that Mayor Michael Nutter will be his party’s nominee for another term as Philadelphia Mayor. The question is how big a win is necessary over Milton Street to keep challengers on the sidelines?

Even without the endorsement of the firefighters’ union and District Council 33, political observers say Mayor Michael Nutter should win easily over his major opponent Milton Street. The mayor says he’s not worried about the margin of victory, just that there is a victory.

“It’s not about how much or how many or whatever the case may be,” said Nutter. “This is an election, It’s not horseshoes, so it’s not about being close, you either win or you didn’t. I’m working very hard to lead this city, it’s primary duty and responsibility and also be a good candidate.”

Political consultant Jeff Jubelirer says it would be a hollow victory for the mayor if he doesn’t get 75 percent of the Democratic vote.

“I think it opens up first and foremost an opportunity for an independent candidate, I think it opens up someone like a Tom Knox, Sam Katz although he’s declared that he’s not going to run, he would be someone who could come back if he wanted to,” said Jubelirer.

Jubelirer says he doesn’t think there is a Republican that could raise the money for a winning challenge to the mayor.

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