COLUMBUS Democrat Michael Coleman overcame attacks that he was soft on crime and ineffective on economic development to easily defeat his Republican challenger Tuesday and win a third term as mayor of the nation s 15th largest city.
In early returns, Coleman was ahead 71 percent to Bill Todd s 29 percent.
Todd, 54, a longtime party insider little known to the public, frequently represents GOP interests in election disputes.
Coleman, 52, had only minor-party opposition in 2003, when he swept to a second term.
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