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Forget Wamalwa, Nairobi is a two-horse race – new poll

The Nairobi gubernatorial race will be a two horse race between Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Sonko, a poll released on Monday showed.

According to the poll, incumbent Governor Evans Kidero is ahead of the race at 36 percentage points, followed closely by his arch-rival Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko at 30 per cent.

Other aspirants namely Johnson Sakaja, Dennis Waweru and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru each got 3 percentage points in the poll.

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ENDORSEMENTS

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, who was recently endorsed by a section of Jubilee legislators, was last with 1 per cent support from the respondents.

The poll was conducted by Trends & Insights For Africa (TIFA) Research Limited between July 28-31, 2016.

According to the poll, Senator Sonko drew his support mostly from male voters, while Governor Kidero enjoyed the support of female voters.

In the senatorial race, incumbent Mike Sonko led at 39 percentage points, with 31 per cent of the respondents still undecided.

Nine per cent of the respondents were in support of nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro, 8 per cent in support of nominated Senator Beth Mugo, while 19 per cent said they would vote other candidates.

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SHEBESH VS PASSARIS

Incumbent Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh lagged behind businesswoman Esther Passaris in public support.

According to the poll, 28 per cent of the respondents said they would vote for Ms Passaris, while 20 per cent were in support of Ms Shebesh.

Fourty three per cent of the respondents were still undecided on who to vote in as the county’s Women Representative.

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Other aspirants for the Women Representative seat were Wangui Ng’ang’a (2%), Karen Nyamu (1%), Sylvia Mingala (1%), Millicent Omanga (1%) and other aspirants (2%).

In Kiambu county, Ferdinand Waititu has a massive head start against incumbent Governor William Kabogo in the gubernatorial race. Mr Waititu received support from 49 per cent of the respondents, against Mr Kabogo’s 22 per cent.

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In Machakos county, Governor Alfred Mutua had an overwhelming support of the respondents at 81 per cent. Only 8 per cent were in favour of Senator Johnstone Muthama.