By Rachel DePompa and David Hylton
Despite a crowded field for Richmond mayor, a new poll released this week says the race is tight between just two candidates.
The poll from Washington-based American Strategies says that former state Del. Joe Morrissey leads in six of nine districts in the city; former Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry leads in the remaining three.
Morrissey holds a firm lead in four of City Council's districts, the poll says, and smaller leads in two others.
To win the mayor's seat, a candidate must win five districts on Election Day in November. A run-off election would be held between the top two vote getters if a candidate does not win five districts.
Across Richmond, Morrissey holds a four-point lead over Berry -- 29 to 25 percent -- with former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney in third at 14 percent and City Councilman Jon Baliles in fourth at 12 percent. City Councilman Michelle Mosby sits at 7 percent. Eleven percent of the voters say they are undecided.
Former Councilman Bruce Tyler, who dropped out of the race this week, architect Lawrence Williams and retired real estate consultant Bobby June all polled at less than 1 percent.
American Strategies conducted the poll through 369 landlines and 231 cell phones. The poll's margin or error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The Richmond Association of Realtors paid for the poll. The group endorsed Berry for mayor earlier this month.