CHARLOTTE — A tight mayoral race in which both candidates spent more than $1 million dollars combined — a city record — ended in victory for Democrat Anthony Foxx on Tuesday evening. Foxx led fellow Charlotte City Council member and Republican candidate John Lassiter by 51.32 percent to 48.61 percent.
Lassiter has conceded to Foxx.
In a poll released the day before the election, Lassiter had led Foxx by one percentage point. Public Policy Polling said undecided voters had been showing a shift toward Lassiter in the last days of the election. Almost 57 percent of all Charlotte ballots were cast with a straight Democratic Party ticket.
For the first time in 14 years, Charlotte will have a new mayor as Foxx succeeds Republican Pat McCrory. Foxx will be the city’s first Democratic mayor since Harvey Gantt left office 22 years ago.
Although both Foxx and Lassiter were present for a candidates’ reception hosted by MeckPAC, a local LGBT political action committee, only one received their endorsement. Foxx, MeckPAC’s endorsed mayoral candidate, has been consistently favorable on LGBT issues. Lassiter failed to return the organization’s questionnaire earlier this year.
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