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[Austin, TX Mayor Runoff] McCracken bows out
|Last Edited||RP May 11, 2009 05:36pm|
|News Date||Monday, May 11, 2009 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Council Member Brewster McCracken is bowing out of the mayor’s race runoff, saying the contest would’ve been too much of an uphill battle. |
McCracken trailed Council Member Lee Leffingwell by 20 points after Saturday’s general election, a gap many political consultants said is too big to close in a five-week runoff.
McCracken sounded upbeat in a phone interview this morning and said there are three main reasons he’s stepping aside: continuing on with such long odds would have required asking a lot of fundraisers and supporters; the election would have been expensive for taxpayers — $500,000; and there was little chance of avoiding negativity from both sides in the runoff.