ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With three weeks to go in the St. Louis mayoral race, a local political science professor says Mayor Francis Slay has a tight grip on his desk.

“The odds are in the mayor’s favor,” said Dave Robertson, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Robertson says voters may have some “incumbent fatigue” with the three-term Slay but he still has widespread support, including the endorsement of Rep. Clay. “The mayor has gotten enough support, I believe, to be able to build a winning coalition in this primary election and I don’t think his opponents have built up widespread enough support.”

However, Robertson says challenger – and Aldermanic President – Lewis Reed has been working to put Slay on the defensive, hoping for an upset victory.

“It may happen but I think it’s uphill for the challengers and it’s uphill for Lewis Reed,” the professor said. “He’s got to put the incumbent on the defensive and you can see Lewis Reed is trying to do that, raising issues of crime, raising issues of various rankings of the city, talking about Slay’s various financial dealings.”

The decisive Democratic primary will be held March 5.


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