Kidero, Sonko neck and neck as Raila ahead in city: Survey

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is neck and neck with his main challenger Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko in the gubernatorial race with just 10 days to the General Election.

The polls tied the two candidates with 45 percentage points while other candidates, Peter Kenneth and Miguna Miguna, trail at 3.3 and 2.0, respectively.

The survey also showed that more than half of Nairobi residents would vote for Raila Odinga if elections were conducted today, according to a new poll released yesterday by Infotrak.

The survey conducted across 85 wards of Nairobi County showed that Mr Odinga, the Nasa presidential candidate, would beat his Jubilee Party counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, in the city with a margin of 12 percentage points.

The poll placed Mr Odinga in the first place with 56 percentage points of the over 2 million votes in the capital, while President Kenyatta came second with 40.

Governor Kidero has, however, dismissed the opinion poll, saying it does not capture the real political picture in Nairobi. He said he has covered much ground during his campaigns and feels the poll does not reflect what is on the ground.

He argued that Nasa controls more than 55 per cent of the over two million registered voters in the capital and this simple statistic gives him a major head start in the race.

In the senatorial race, Jubilee Party candidate Johnson Sakaja is leading with 50 percentage points, 22 more than of his opponent Edwin Sifuna of ODM who is trailing at 28.

The polls also placed ODM Women Representative candidate Esther Passaris on the lead with 61 percentage points against Jubilee Party’s Rachel Shebesh who came a distant second with 28.

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