(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.
(CNN) - CNN projects Independent candidate Michael Bloomberg will be elected to a third term as New York City mayor.
(CNN) - Charlotte, North Carolina, elects first Democratic mayor, Anthony Foxx, in three decades, the Charlotte Observer reports. Republican John Lassiter has conceded.
(CNN) - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will be re-elected, the Detroit News projects. CNN is not projecting a winner in this race.
BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - Boston Mayor Tom Menino will win a record fifth term, the Boston Globe projects. CNN is not making a projection in this race.
In an exclusive interview, Mayor Shirley Franklin told CNN's Don Lemon that she plans to vote for former Georgia state lawmaker Kasim Reed in Tuesday's election.
"Is that an official endorsement?" asked Lemon.
"That's just telling you the truth," Franklin responded. "I'm going to vote for him. I think he has the best set of skills. He has really been there to do some tough things over the state. He has Republican and Democratic support. . . . even though there are other candidates who have obviously some strengths, I think, through it all, he has the best chance of working in the region and the state."
Franklin singled out Reed's work in helping Atlanta deal with its water shortage issues, adding that "there are reasons to support each of the candidates" - but added that she has previously said she does not think Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood has the skills to be Atlanta's chief executive.