You don’t have to read the tea leaves to determine how close the mayor’s race is. Read the new issue of Lagniappe, where we release the results of a poll we commissioned by the USA Polling Group at the University of South Alabama! Spoiler alert: it’s close, but you have to dive into the numbers to see what issues and demographics may influence the outcome of the Aug. 27 election.

Don’t miss Kevin Lee’s column about Dauphin Street art galleries endangered by a lack of foot traffic or the music feature on Birmingham’s St. Paul & the Broken Bones, who’ll be at Callaghan’s Saturday night.

If the data shows anything, it’s that your vote counts! Voter registration is open through next week! We’ll see you at the polls and may the best candidate win!