"This becomes the de facto election."

By RACHEL BARNHART | rbarnhart@wroctv.com

Published 09/10 2013 04:43PM

Updated 11/05 2013 01:50PM

The Democratic primary for Rochester mayor has been the "de facto" election for some time, according to Nazareth College political science Professor Timothy Kneeland
During an appearance on News 8 First at 4, Kneeland said, "The Democrats have the advantage in the city. Ever since we've had an elected mayor, no one who's won the primary has failed to win the general election. So ultimately, this becomes the de facto election. That's why it's important people who are Democrats vote in the primary."

Kneeland thinks if City Council President Lovely Warren loses the race to Mayor Tom Richards, she will still have a bright future. 

"If anything she's the preferred candidated next time around."

Watch our interview with Kneeland by clicking the video above.

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