Wife of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman Wins Race to Replace Him
LAS VEGAS - Carolyn Goodman, the wife of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, will be the next mayor of Sin City after winning 61 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.
The first lady won a race that pitted the Goodman brand against a longtime elected official whose eagerness and grass roots campaign weren’t enough to overtake the popularity of the self-proclaimed Happiest Couple in the Universe.
Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani finished with roughly 22,000 votes to Carolyn Goodman’s roughly 33,000 votes. She called the first lady to concede as results from more than 96 percent of all precincts were made public.
Oscar Goodman is a former mob lawyer who presided over the city with a force of charisma and a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin at his side. He was banned from a fourth term because of term limits.
He endorsed his wife for mayor and campaigned nonstop for her.
Carolyn Goodman easily won the April primary against 17 rivals and polls predicted she would succeed on Election Day, as well.
"That’s very exciting news for me," Carolyn Goodman told The Associated Press soon after early voting and mail ballot results showed she would likely end the night in celebration.
In contrast, it was always an underdog fight for Giunchigliani, who squeaked through the primary with a mere 15-vote advantage over the third-place finisher.
"We didn’t lose tonight," she told supporters in a concession speech. "We won. We won, because now it’s another opportunity. I am still a county commissioner."