Endorsements, Endorsements, Endorsements! Also unscientific exit polling

By Kenneth Lipp

IBEW 98 members with Kevin Dougherty and Jim Kenney heads outside of the Famous 4th Street Deli this morning. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

IBEW 98 members with Kevin Dougherty and Jim Kenney heads outside of the Famous 4th Street Deli this morning. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

If you happen to be on the press email list this mayoral season and haven’t relegated them to the spam folder by now, you’re getting lots of emails announcing that another coalition, union, PAC, or handful of politicians has endorsed Jim Kenney.

The snowball really got rolling with two upset endorsements mid-campaign – Dwight Evans’ coalition of African American leaders inNortheast Philly, which most thought would go to Anthony Williams; and LUPE PAC (Latinos United for Political Empowerment) also gave Kenney it’s seal, much to Judge Nelson Diaz’s chagrin, who understood that LUPE would be endorsing him.

These emails have been more frequent in the past two weeks, and you can believe this indicates Kenney’s winning hearts and minds or you can believe that people love to join a winning team. Your call.

We started our exit polling and election coverage in South Philly with a ride up the Broad Street Line to City Hall – where it was surprisingly quiet at 15-20 minutes before polls were set to open.

At Hunter Elementary at York and Front Streets we met a majority Williams voters, a few for Kenney, and a proud Milton Street voter, Steve Miller-Miller.

Kenney and Representative Brian Sims met together to vote at a new polling location at William Way, at 13th and Spruce. They were both voting for Kenney, they said (Sims is not up this term), though Kenney joked he’d “thought about voting for Oliver.”

Lynne Abraham was voting at the recreation center on Lombard, and didn’t want to talk with NA Poe about marijuana arrests.

At 4th Street Deli, Johnny Docs Union Boys had giant Kenney and Kevin Dougherty  (brother of John and Supreme Court candidate) heads. There were more Dougherty heads than Jim heads, and the former’s signs were bigger.

Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Exit polls are currently totally inconclusive. We’re with this guy.

More soon, stay tuned.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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