In Chattanooga mayoral race survey, Tim Kelly's lead widens as results get tighter for those polling in second, third place

Clockwise from top left: Tim Kelly, Kim White, Monty Bruell and Wade Hinton are running for Chattanooga mayor / Times free press files.

New polling shows Tim Kelly's lead growing in the Chattanooga mayoral race, while the gap between the next three candidates is closing.

According to a poll of 550 likely voters conducted this week by Spry Strategies, a Knoxville-based polling outfit hired by local conservative group Hamilton Flourishing, Kelly is polling at 27.9%, up from 21.7% in the group's January poll.

The shift puts a 12.7 percentage point gap between him and second place, almost doubling his previous 6.4 percentage point lead.

"We're proud and humbled to say that we have a tremendous amount of momentum all over the city because of our hard working, policy-focused, grassroots campaign," Rachel Hanson, Kelly's campaign manager, said Saturday via email. "We'll keep working and campaigning like we are behind and earn every vote possible until the polls close on election night."