City Voter Turnout Lower Than Expected, Upsets Possible

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Voter turnout is light in the city of St. Louis, election officials say, where voters are picking a new mayor, and deciding on tax increases for a soccer stadium and MetroLink expansion.

Republican Director of Elections Gary Stoff was asked if the low numbers could set the stage for an upset in the mayor’s race.

Related story: Election Officials Expect Big Turnouts in St. Louis Election

“I think anything is possible,” Stoff says. “But I frankly would be very surprised, just because we are such a heavily Democrat city.”

The election board was predicting a 20 percent voter turnout, and the experts were predicting Democrat Lyda Krewson would win the mayoral election.

Stoff says the lower numbers make an upset possible, but not likely.

Krewson faces Republican Andrew Jones, Green Party candidate Jonathan McFarland and Independent Larry Rice.

City polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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