Oz Struggles to Woo Black Philadelphians in Senate Race
Last week the City of Philadelphia’s Democratic primary election was held, and former Gov. Ed Rendell and challenger Joe Paolino won the mayoral and city council elections, respectively.
At the same time, the battle for the Senate was just beginning. Here’s a look at the Democrats’ best and worst moments in the race, in order.
The winner: A win by outgoing Mayor Michael Nutter should’ve been a foregone conclusion given his landslide victory in 2009. Instead, the race was closer than expected.
The bad news: This was the first election after the recession and the electorate is still dealing with the lingering effects.
However, as Nutter said in his victory speech he was proud for being the only Democrat in Philadelphia able to defeat the incumbent, who was the second-highest vote-getter.
A win by incumbent Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter over challenger Joe Paolino may have been a foregone conclusion given Nutter’s landslide victory in 2009, but the race was closer than expected. (Photo: WENN.com)
The good news: Nutter is one of two incumbents in major races to win by more than 20 points and the only major-city mayoral and council race to result in a winner.
The bad news: Even though Nutter won in a landslide, it wasn’t such a landslide.
The good news: Nutter’s victory was good news for Mayor Nutter’s seat, and for party-appointed officials throughout the city. Nutter’s victory was a big win for the city’s public schools.
But the good news is not the only reason why Nutter’s win was so good for the city’s schools. As mayor, Nutter has been working to close the city’s budget deficit by