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New poll shows Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer still running close

New poll shows Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer still running close

Jones and Spencer

Treasurer Tishaura Jones, right, and Alderman Cara Spencer met in a debate on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Photos by Laurie Skrivan of the Post-Dispatch.

ST. LOUIS  — Tishaura Jones and Cara Spencer are still running close, according to a poll conducted just before the race entered the final week before Tuesday’s election.

Jones’ 42%-to-37% lead over Spencer was within the margin for error of plus or minus 4% in the survey, conducted over four days through Sunday by Show Me Victories, a Democratic political consulting firm. The remaining 21% were undecided.

When undecided voters leaning to a candidate are added to their totals, Jones led, 47% to 41% with 12% undecided.

Participating in the poll were 650 likely voters contacted through interactive robocalling to landline phones and texts to cell phones.

A similar poll of 550 voters by Show Me on March 4-6 had Jones ahead, 40% to 35%, within the margin for error of plus or minus 4.2%.

Show Me Victories isn’t working for either campaign or other effort to support the mayoral candidates.

The firm was paid to do some polling and research by Leadership Counts, a committee that backed Aldermanic President Lewis Reed in the March 2 mayoral primary and has since donated to a pro-Jones committee.

However, Bryce Summary, Show Me Victories’ polling director, said that work only dealt with aldermanic races.

Candidates address police issues

Spencer on Wednesday pledged to enact all municipal and police reform recommendations of the massive Forward Through Ferguson report during her first six months as mayor.

"It represents a solid foundation to build on," she said.

Spencer, an alderman, said she would insist on progress on items such as use-of-force policies, increased training in de-escalation and anti-bias efforts and improved engagement with the public.

She also said she would review the city's current civilian oversight process to increase accountability and effectiveness. And she said she would complete the long-delayed deployment of police body cameras.

Jones' campaign in response issued a statement saying the police department is in need of a detailed review and a leader at the top who demands a change of culture.

The statement also said Jones, the city treasurer, has experience implementing Forward Through Ferguson recommendations relating to that office. Regarding body cameras, a Jones aide said there are limitations to their effectiveness.

Jones also has said she'd seek to have all police internal affairs complaints go before the civilian oversight board, which she says doesn't happen now.

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