December 12th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
6 months ago

Houston runoff could elect city's first gay mayor

(CNN) – The city of Houston could elect its first openly gay mayor in Saturday's election runoff, according to a new poll, which would make it the largest city in the country to elect an openly gay mayor.

City Controller Anise Parker leads attorney Gene Locke by 13 points, 49 percent to 36 percent according to the latest poll put out by Rice University in Houston. Fifteen percent of likely voters questioned said they were unsure who they would vote for.

Parker and Locke, who are both Democrats, face off for the second time Saturday because neither emerged with more than 50 percent of the vote in the November 3 election.

The poll, conducted December 7-9, has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.7 percent.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Pat in Omaha

    YES!! You go Mr. Parker!!

    December 12, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. strong

    Wow, how times have changed since 1582. Anything goes these days.

    May the best man, woman or whatever win!

    December 12, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. WIlly Brown

    File this under who really gives a fresh pile of dog squeeze.

    December 12, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Marie Laveaux

    Well, cut off my legs and call me Shorty! Never thought I'd see this happen so deep into the Bible Belt.
    "Oh the times, they are a changin".

    December 12, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  5. ran

    Maybe there is hope for TX after all. Now they need to elect a Democrat GOV. and two Senators.

    December 12, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. tom

    May God have mercy on each one of us and on Palin's vision of judgment.

    December 12, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Jason Shear

    Bad reporting. You never explicitly state which candidate is openly gay, only implying who is by virtue of who's leading in the poll. Most careful readers will figure it out but you should never leave such points to reader deduction.

    December 12, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Paul H

    I don't agree with the "homo sexual life style" or specific laws pertaining to them. But if this guy is a good politician and will do right to the people, then he deserves to be in office.
    But if his agenda is geared toward one group of people then don't vote him in.
    And the media needs to prop up his political career, not his sexual preference.
    Where is he on issues, not relationships!
    Change remember.

    December 12, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. saftgek

    Wouldn't it be great if CNN and other ranks within the media would stop whitewashing homosexuality? Using the term "gay" to describe one's sexual practices and choices is misleading and inaccurate, to say the least; wholly disgusting at best.

    A "gay" person is happy, elated, exuberant, joyful. A "homosexual" person is a practitioner of same-gender sexual deviance.

    If the media would alter their approach to reporting the news, maintaing an air of accuracy and objectivity, they would better serve their audience.

    "Gay," in describing homosexuals, is a whitewash to the extreme. It is important to recognize, however, one can whitewash and outhouse – and, it is STILL an outhouse.

    December 12, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. Keith in Austin

    Old Sam Houston is turning over in his right about now.

    However, this campaign has been good for the pink cowboy boot industry

    December 12, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. E. Elliott

    Well, the person could not possibly be worse than some of the pol's Texans have volted for in the last 10 years. Good luck.

    December 12, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    the choice down here is between a Black man and a gay White woman and the far right conservatives are going crazy. I'm sure the voter turnout will be low since no matter who wins the many rednecks of Texas won't like it anyway. It's just too bad that the woman's sexual choice had to become an issue with some people down here. That should not effect her way to govern, but well you know how some folks think.......

    December 12, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Rodney in Dallas

    Once a Democrat is elected, wouldn't they still have to face off against a Republican?

    December 12, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    A person's sexua preference has nothing to do, with their fitness for management.

    December 12, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Houston Mom

    Annise Parker is a dedicated public servant. She is not flashy, she is not wishy-washy, she is not corrupt. She cares about Houstonians no matter what their lot in life. He opponent has openly run a campaign based on hate-filled gay bashing. He thinks it is O.K. to promote hate. But hey he is a corporate lawyer and a registered lobbyist. Sad state of affairs when a black man and the black "ministers" supporting him openly promote hate which we all know leads to violent hate crimes. Just goes to show intolerance comes in all colors.

    December 12, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Yanni D

    She's a shoe in

    December 12, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Scott

    I hope that the Houston people are smarter then this. I know it's hard to elect people in these days because either you are going to cast your vote for greed loving politicians or immoral politicians. The thing I would like to know is, where is the moderates that will defend the Americans against greed of corporations from the far right Republicans or the immoraltiy from the far left Democrats.

    December 12, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Terry from West Texas

    What proof do we have that Ms Parker is really gay? She could be a heterosexual masquerading as a lesbian, just to get votes from the gay community! This could be a trick by Democrats to grab power in Texas' greatest city! Is there a blood test or something for this?

    December 12, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. me, nh

    THAT'S JUST GREAT !!!

    this is not the Texas I know.

    December 12, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Ken Williams

    That's awsome!!

    December 12, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Rogan

    So what? Isn't the whole point of this 'equal under the law' thing supposed to mean that factors like that are irrelevant?

    December 12, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. howie bledsoe

    WOW! I must sadly admit that few things that I read in the news surprise me anymore, but this one is a shocker! I used to live in that hateful city of intolorance and ignorance. I really cannot believe it.

    December 12, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Bev

    So, this is a poll between Democrat candidates only??? So, because a poll says that the gay Democrat is leading over the other Democrat candidate--some how this means that Houston might elect a gay mayor??

    Let us see the polls results of the Democrat versus the Republican.

    If CNN is not showing the poll resuts of the Democrat versus the Republican-–one could assume--as in most cases-the Republican is leading in the polls.

    December 12, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Jamie

    Also a female mayor in a large city. Fantastic. Nice to see some parts of Texas have a more intelligent, open perspective on their fellow human beings.

    December 12, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. all the news that's fit to omit

    Next on the "agenda" is the first left-handed mayor of Houston????

    Don't care if they are gay, straight, black or white and for you losers NEITHER do the people of Houston, they ONLY care about the best candidate.

    WE had an election in Mass and got about 10 percent of the people out to vote for our next Senator to replace Kennedy, did people not come out to vote because of hate and ignorance is the question my "progressive friends" need to answer.

    Progressive are the most biased, hateful and NON-inclusive people that post and spawn, as if you don't believe in their way of thinking you MUST BE a redneck, rethuglican or a racist.

    There are groups called independents, you remember them don't you and according to the polls they are swinging CENTER/RIGHT and you progressives are TOAST in 2010 and 2012.

    December 12, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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