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Cranley Beats Qualls In Mayoral Primary
CINCINNATI (Paula Toti) From the first votes counted in the Cincinnati mayoral primary there was a wide margin between the top vote getter John Cranley and Roxanne Qualls.
From the beginning of the campaign a lot was said about the race coming down to two issues, streetcars and the city's parking lease deal.
Qualls voted in favor of both issues and Cranley has campaigned against both.
Local 12's Paula Toti caught up with Qualls Tuesday evening at her campaign headquarters. Qualls says the campaign is about more than those two issues. She says the issues involve making sure all neighborhoods see investment and job growth.
At a party celebrating the evening in East Price Hill, Cranley told Toti the streetcar and parking issues are huge because they limit the city's future. However, he said his campaign is about a fresh voice, positive change and focusing on basic services like police and fire.
The voter turnout was less than six percent. The board of elections had been hopeful for more than twenty percent. Because the mayor's race was the only issue on the ballot the city of Cincinnati picks up the entire cost of the primary. That puts the cost for each vote cast between $40 and $50.