Still a neck-and-neck race

The suspense continues to build around the Detroit mayoral race. It is now 10 minutes to 1 am, and there is still no clear winner of this race.

WXYZ-Channel 7 just posted that with 56% of the precincts in, Hendrix is still leading 54% to 48%, but that Kilpatrick continues picking up percentage points as the night moves on.

Freman Hendrix spoke from his campaign event at Detroit’s State Theatre about an hour ago, claiming neither victory nor defeat in the race, but mentioning that a technicality in the vote-counting process will delay a victory party for a few more hours.

Then, just a few minutes ago, Kwame Kilpatrick made his first speech of election night from the Ren Cen, which is where his camp has been set up since Tuesday night. Kilpatrick didn’t claim victory or defeat, either. He said he was excited for his campaign because the majority of the absentee ballots have already been counted, but little more than half of the “street vote” has been counted as of now.

UPDATE: Since starting this post 10 minutes ago, the poll percentage numbers have changed. WXYZ-Channel 7 now says that Freman leads with 51%, but that Kilpatrick is right behind him with 49%.

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