MOUNT PLEASANT — An exit poll shows that Councilwoman Linda Page will win this town’s five-way mayoral race outright.
As the polls closed at 7 p.m., the University School of the Lowcountry released results of its exit polling, and they showed Page with 57 percent.
She is facing fellow Councilman Ken Glasson, former Councilman Joe Bustos, community activist George Freeman and taxi driver C. Carl Carroll Jr. to fill the shoes of outgoing Mayor Billy Swails.
If no one gets more than 50 percent tonight, there will be a runoff Nov. 19, but that looks unlikely, the poll indicates.
Of the 11 polling places where the students sampled, Page had 57 percent, while Bustos received 21 percent, Glasson, 18 percent and Freeman with 4 percent. Carroll had less than 1 percent.
Jason Kreutner, head of the school for students in grades 3 through 8, said a main focus is exploring elections and the democratic process, an experience that culminates in the exit poll exercise. The school’s previous polls have matched the results in most every race. Students took their surveys as voters exited this morning and this afternoon.
The poll also showed that council candidates Paul Gawrych, Gary Santos and Elton Carrier appeared likely to win, with the results of the fourth at-large council seat too close to call. Carrier is an incumbent while both Gawrych and Santos previously served on council in recent years.
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