Krewson Wins Dem. Mayoral Primary, Andrew Jones for Rep.

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Final unoffical results are in for the mayoral primary in St Louis.

Alderwoman Lyda Krewson fought off a challenge from city treasurer Tishaura Jones and wins by just 888 votes.

Krewson is St. Louis’ first democratic female nominee.

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Lyda Krewson checks polling results with staff members before learning she has won the democratic primary for the office of mayor of the City of St. Louis, in St. Louis on March 7, 2017. Traditionally, the one to win the democratic primary will go on to be Mayor. If Krewson, a member of the St. Louis Board of Alderman wins the April 4, 2017 general election, she will become the first woman mayor in the history of St. Louis. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Krewson said she was humbled to have won the Democratic nomination in a very crowded field of strong candidates who she respects and hopes to join forces with when the campaign is over.

“I ran a very positive campaign intentionally. It’s easy to go negative on people, that’s the easy route. The hard route is to stay positive and win,” she says.

Krewson ends up garnering 32 percent of the votes to 30 percent for Jones. Lewis Reed was next with 18 percent. Antonio French ended with 16 percent of the votes.

On the Republican side, Andrew Jones was the runaway winner with 62 percent of the votes.

UMSL Political Science Chair Dave Robertson says for the winner to have only a plurality and not a majority presents a challenge for bringing the city together.

“When a candidate gets fewer than 50 percent of the votes, that candidate has to do some work, and his or her party has to do some work to unite people,” he says. “So the question is going to be ‘will other candidates who were defeated rally around that mayoral candidate?'”

In the Democratic Comptroller Election, Darlene Green wins easily with 79 percent of the votes.

Proposition S passes with 60 percent.

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