Strategist explains what's next for Detroit mayoral candidates

Mike Duggan, Benny Napoleon to face off in Nov. general election in Detroit

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter

DETROIT - Even Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan said no to a write-in race at first. Historically those races fail 99.9 percent of the time.

When Duggan opted to go all-in for a write-in, political strategists from across the state said it wasn't going to happen.

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Even those who publicly said it was possible, privately said it was a no-go.

Only political consultant Dennis Darnoi went public and said he thought Duggan was going to win. Now that he's been proven right, what are his thoughts on what happens next? Is it easy street time for Duggan?

"Absolutely not. I don't think there's going to be anything easy about this race. I think the next three months will go down in the trenches as a get every vote kind of fight," Darnoi predicts. "It will get nasty, it will get personal and it's not going to be easy for either candidate."

If Darnoi was advising Team Duggan, the advice is simple: Don't get smug and let the momentum go to your head.

Advising Napoleon is a little more labor intensive: Recalibrate the strategy and the message.

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"They have to man up," said Darnoi. "They got their tails handed to them fair enough; but they're still in the game and that's what matters."

One clear advantage for Duggan is his margin of victory, which means he's going to have an easier time raising money for the general election.

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