In DA candidate Cline’s Duke lacrosse “explanations” (Post 1) I referred to Durham’s current chief assistant district attorney Tracey Cline as “the front-runner” in the four-way May 6 primary race for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Durham DA.
An Anon commenter responded:
Do you say Cline is the "front runner" because Mayor Bell and a few entrenched PACs have endorsed her? Or is because there is a voter poll somewhere? I haven't seen any polls.I haven’t seen any polls, either.
I should have made that clear and said something like “in my opinion” or “in the opinion of just about all Durham political observers” Cline is the front-runner.
I’ll try to be more precise next time.
I thank the Anon commenter for calling the matter to my attention.
That said, it’s important to say to readers that Cline has the endorsement of the two “entrenched PACs” that have dominatied Durham’s elections for at least the last 15 years: The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and The Durham’s People’s Alliance. She also has the endorsement of the progressive weekly The Independent and Durham’s only daily newspaper, The Durham Herald Sun.
Those endorsements plus those of Mayor Bell and others were some of the factors that led me to say Cline is “the front-runner.”
In the next few days I’ll do more checking on the status of Cline and the candidate generally viewed as her chief rival, attorney and former assisstant DA Freda Black, and post again on “the front-runner” issue.
Again, my thanks to the Anon commenter.