Poll shows growing lead for mayor in primary

Sep 8, 2013

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's standing among likely primary voters shows him riding a strong wave of support.

A Siena Research poll shows the mayor leading his Democratic rival, Bernie Tolbert, 63 to 30 percent. The poll, sponsored by The Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV/Channel 2, also shows 78 percent of likely voters feel the city is on the right track. Siena pollster Steven Greenberg claims this spells trouble for Tolbert.

Mayor Brown and Democratic Primary rival Bernie Tolbert
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

"If he does a far better job of getting his voters, his supporters, out to the poll than does the mayor, that will certainly have an impact on the final results. We only had 7 percent of voters who told us they were undecided, so he certainly has his work cut out for him."

Greenberg still gives Tolbert a chance in the primary, but he states that many factors will have to change drastically and quickly to turn the tide in his direction.