07 Oct 2011
- Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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|Mayoral candidate and former City Councilman Ed Ford Sr. on Wednesday night said he just did not see how the numbers could have added up to victory for incumbent AC Wharton Jr. when so many of the city’s union’s had backed Ford’s candidacy. (Photo by Tyrone P. Easley)|
“I don’t know how they did it, but they flipped the numbers on us,” Ford told the New Tri-State Defender. “We’re obviously not happy with the numbers. According to my numbers, we had the majority of early votes. All the unions endorsed me, and we just don’t think the numbers add up.”
After polls closed at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, early voting numbers were released, giving Wharton a clear advantage. The incumbent’s supporters began celebrating well before all precincts had been reported. Early reporting indicated that a landslide was forthcoming.
Later on into the night, it remained unclear whether a concession would be made. After Ford arrived at his campaign headquarters, E. H. Ford Mortuary in South Memphis, the defiant challenger refused to concede.
“We asked federal officials early on to monitor the count in this election,” said John Lawson, Ford’s campaign manager. “They replied in a letter to us that should we feel some investigation is warranted after the election, they would come in and take a closer look.
“You’ve got every labor union across this city endorsing us, so we have some questions about how the numbers came out,” said Lawson. “Some of our poll workers filled out incident reports at specific locations. There were concerns about the actual count. In other words, some polling places had a higher tally of actual voters than what the final count indicated.
“We’ll be talking well into the night, and some decision will be made about how we move forward.”