Simpson, Cranley move on to November election for Cincinnati mayor

From left: Yvette Simpson, John Cranley and Rob Richardson Jr.

Yvette Simpson and John Cranley will compete for the mayor’s seat in the November election, according to Tuesday night election results.

With all 188 precincts reporting, Simpson was ahead of fellow Democrats Cranley and Rob Richardson Jr. with 44.79 percent of the vote in the Cincinnati mayor primary election, according to numbers from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. Cranley, the incumbent, was in second place with 34.83 percent.

Simpson, who is currently in her second term on Cincinnati City Council, thanked her supporters at a primary election night event. She said she expected Cranley would be a serious opponent in November.

“We are still out-raised, out-endorsed,” Simpson said. “So, anybody who cares about this race, let’s be clear: he’s an incumbent who has won races before. He’s not going to go easy.”

Cranley congratulated Simpson on her primary victory at his own event.

“She had a great showing and we look forward to the debate in November,” Cranley said. “We are … very excited about the November campaign, and we’ll have a campaign on the issues and we believe — in fact, we know — that in November, we will be victorious.”

Richardson reached the finish line with 20.38 percent of the vote. He conceded the race and said he had not yet decided who he would support in November.

“I will continue to engage to make this city better,” Richardson said.

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