Early voting begins in Memphis mayor's race

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fourteen days of early voting begin Friday in the special election for Memphis mayor.

A recent Mason-Dixon poll sponsored by The Commercial Appeal and WREG-TV found Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton with a wide lead: 45 percent of those surveyed. Councilwoman Carol Chumney was next with 11 percent; Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery had 10 percent; and attorney Charles Carpenter had 5 percent.

The poll surveyed 400 likely voters on 25 candidates running in the Oct. 15 special election, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

The winner succeeds Willie Herenton, who was mayor for 18 years before announcing his resignation in June to focus on a race against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in next year’s Democratic primary.

The Associated Press