Progressive Randall Woodfin came in 1st place tonight
— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) August 23, 2017
— Austin Miller (@AustinMiller133) August 23, 2017
The outcome is more favorable for Woodfin than at least one pre-election poll had predicted. As of Aug. 1, Bell had the support of 54 percent of voters, compared with 17 percent for construction contractor Chris Woods and 14 percent for Woodfin, according to a poll conducted by Birmingham-Southern.
Bell has presided over a revival in Birmingham’s downtown area, luring young professionals and middle-class families back to the city center.
But even as the predominantly African-American city of about 212,000 residents has flourished overall, those on the city’s margins have not always shared in the gains. The poverty rate in the city jumped from 26.4 percent in 2010 to 30.9 percent in 2015.
Woodfin’s strong performance keeps alive another pickup opportunity for Our Revolution, which has had greater success since November with candidates it backs at the local and state levels. Victories for the left-leaning group include the elections of Chokwe Antar Lumumba as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; Christine Pellegrino as a member of the New York state Assembly; and Larry Krasner as the Democratic nominee for district attorney of Philadelphia.Robert Thomas 85, Pastiche, PADemD and 3 othersIwalani88, eridani, ZimInSeattle like this
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