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Frank Scott, Baker Kurrus in Runoff for Little Rock Mayor

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Little Rock’s five-way race for mayor is in a runoff.

Frank Scott Jr. and Baker Kurrus emerged from a historic scrum on Wednesday, setting their sights on a Dec. 4 decider. The results, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, were:

  • Frank Scott Jr. — 37.11 percent
  • Baker Kurrus — 29.03 percent
  • Warwick Sabin — 28.25 percent
  • Vincent Tolliver — 2.98 percent
  • Glen Schwarz — 2.63 percent

Kurrus, the former Little Rock School District superintendent, led third-place finisher Warwick Sabin, a former state representative, by just 531 votes. A candidate had to win 40 percent of the vote to win outright.

“It wasn’t about me — it was about all of us. We knocked on the doors. We called 65,000 people. For such a time as this,” Scott, an executive at First Security Bank and former state highway commissioner, told supporters Tuesday night. “So, if you understand all of that, go home tonight … whatever faith you have, pray. Because it’s time for Little Rock to reach its full potential, to unify this city.”

Scott’s first-place finish came roughly a month after a poll by Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV-TV, Channel 7, showed him in second place with 18 percent. Kurrus and Sabin were tied for first place at 22 percent. But a whopping 33 percent of voters had been undecided.

Scott also trailed his two top rivals in fundraising. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported last week that Scott had raised about $230,000. Kurrus took in $325,000. Sabin raised the most, $357,000.

Sabin was first to declare for the seat, setting up an exploratory committee while incumbent Mayor Mark Stodola was expected to seek re-election. Scott followed closely, setting up his own exploratory committee. Kurrus was the last of the three to begin raising money. 

“I have no doubt, in the outcome of this race — no matter who wins — Little Rock is going to be better for it, and I’m so, so very proud of that,” Sabin told supporters Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, Kurrus said he looked forward to the runoff.

“We’ve only been running about a third as long as the other two candidates that finished in the top range,” he told THV 11 News’ Amanda Jaeger. “So we’ve got a lot of work to do — we’ll just keep hard at it.”

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