Philly Mayor John Street Easily Wins Re-election

Philly mayor John Street easily won re-election today:

It was the electronic bug found hidden in the ceiling of the mayor's office on Oct. 7 that overshadowed the campaign's final month and brought national attention to the race for mayor in the nation's fifth-largest city.

The continuing federal probe bolstered Street in surprising ways, as many voters in a 4-1 Democratic city listened to the Democratic Party's assertion that the federal probe was a GOP dirty trick.

Street's supporters contended it was evidence of a possibly racially inspired GOP plot to oust a Democratic mayor. Katz saw it as a logical result of a culture of corruption that he contended existed in City Hall.

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