After 31 hours and 2,100 votes on Fall River Reporter’s Facebook page, Will Flanagan topped current Mayor Jasiel Correia 59%-41% when it comes to who would win a future recall election. The poll is open for 5 more days and we’ll provide a final update then. The poll choices were a result of the top finishers in an earlier poll on the Fall River Political Talk group.
The results aren’t too surprising. I wrote an article titled ‘Yes, a recalled mayor could win the Fall River recall election‘ a few days earlier and I believe it would be a close election should Flanagan run.
Of course, we don’t know who is running yet and this is a Facebook poll, not a survey of registered voters. Also, even though the recall effort has turned in a lot of signatures (close to 4,000 by some estimates), we don’t even know if we’ll get 2,510 certified signatures needed for a recall to happen. Finally, there are a lot of variables – Jasiel Correia, though unlikely, could step down, Flanagan may not run and of course, other strong candidates could emerge.
Either way, it appears a recall election is inevitable sometime early next year and a Jasiel Correia/Will Flanagan race would be interesting considering their history.