This is by no means a comprehensive post, but rather some info I found on the Internet after researching the mayor position in the City of Buffalo, and what it would take to win. Pretty interesting stuff.
I found the 2009 election results for Buffalo Mayor. A total of a mere 26,464 voters determined this city’s fate — of 500,000 eligible voters. 77,000 voters are between the ages of 21-29, and 252,000 are between 30-55 (I wish this was broken down better).
Of the 26,464, Mickey Kearns wasn’t even on the ballot — he was a write-in, thus only got 158 votes. There were 8,578 votes that were ‘blank, void or scattering’ (blows my mind that 1/3 of the voters’ votes weren’t even counted!), and the remaining ~16,000 votes went to Byron Brown. [source]
In 2007 Pittsburgh, 67,000 total votes cast with 43,000 went to Luke, the kid. [source]
Some good questions by citizens of Buffalo for the mayor during last election are here (aside from the MLB/NBA tangent).
Someone that was attempting to run in 2009 and their message: http://www.changebuffalo.org/
There is also the thought that Buffalo should reform to a ‘City Manager’ system instead.