Mayoral candidate Tom Barrow, who spent the past six weeks trying to remove Mike Duggan from the ballot and then as a write-in, is far from finished with the former Wayne County prosecutor “who doesn’t even have a Detroit accent.”
Once the Aug. 6 primary election votes are tallied, Barrow’s campaign team – or “Army of Election Challengers” – plans to challenge “every darn misspelled ballot” in what could become can an ugly, protracted legal battle reminiscent of the hanging and pregnant chads in the 2000 presidential election in Florida.
“Hold your breath for a long night, week or even month as we fight it out to the death,” Geoffrey L. Garfield told me Sunday.
On Saturday, Barrow staged a press conference around his haircut from barber Mike Dugeon, a new write-in candidate who decided to run because someone pointed out that it would be funny to confuse voters with Mike Duggan.
Barrow’s campaign showed now shame.
“We got coverage; that’s all that matters,” Garfield said.
Before Barrow led the drive to remove Duggan from the ballot, he was polling at a few percentage points. Now some polls show he’s moving into the low double-digits, good enough for third among 15 candidates. But if you remove Duggan from the equation, Barrow could become one of the top two candidates to advance to the November general election.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is holding a comfortable lead.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.