Poll shows Kenney in command in Philly mayor’s race

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    The first independent poll on the Philadelphia mayoral primary candidates shows former City Councilman Jim Kenney with a commanding lead.

    The survey commissioned by NBC10, The Inquirer and the Daily News found Kenney with 42 percent of likely voters, leading state Sen. Anthony Williams and former District Attorney Lynne Abraham by 27 points. Both were at 15 percent, with 14 percent undecided.

    Both Kenney and Williams had the benefit of substantial advertising from super PACs, but the committee backing Williams funded by three wealthy pro-school choice securities traders spent far more than the union-supported PACs supporting Kenney.

    Former City Solicitor Nelson Diaz got 5 percent in the survey, and the other two candidates, Doug Oliver and Milton Street, were at 3 percent. The poll of 600 voters was taken last Saturday through Monday. The primary election is Tuesday. 

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