TULSA - The June 11 primary election resulted in a runoff between incumbent Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former mayor Kathy Taylor. As the two gear up for their November showdown, some of the focus from each campaign has turned to wooing Tulsans who voted for former mayoral candidate Bill Christiansen.
Christiansen, who secured 23 percent of the vote in June's primary, came in third place and was eliminated from the November ballot.
Taylor earned 42 percent of the vote, while Bartlett finished with 34 percent in the city's first non-partisan election.
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"We feel like we're in a pretty strong position," Anna America, communications director for Taylor for Tulsa said. "Not only did we finish first out of the three candidates, but a majority of people in this town very clearly said they want a new mayor."
Despite coming in second behind the former mayor, Bartlett's campaign manager, Dan Patten, said his camp feels strongly as they move closer to the election.
"You know, considering we were having to run almost a primary and a general election at the same time, fending off another Republican while she was the only Democrat in the race. Also, with her spending I think upwards near $1.6 million, I'm not really surprised that they came out the way they did, and I feel very confident about where we stand," Patten said.
Both Patten and America say voters should expect the return of the online and television ads around Labor Day.
As the campaigns get ready for the fall election season, they've got their eyes on Christiansen's voters.
Patten said he doesn't think Christiansen supporters coming to the side of Bartlett is a lock, but he is very confident they'll back another conservative candidate.
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