McFarlane wins Raleigh mayoral race, incumbent falls in Fayetteville

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Three-term incumbent Nancy McFarlane has won Raleigh’s mayoral race while Fayetteville’s incumbent lost in Tuesday’s elections.

In Durham, Steve Schewel defeated Farad Ali with 59.5 percent of the vote.

McFarlane, who ran as an unaffiliated candidate, won nearly 58 percent of the vote over Charles Francis.

“It feels really good to be done,” McFarlane said Tuesday night. “There’s so much work to do.”

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Last month, McFarlane received more than 48 percent of the vote and Francis received 36 percent. Francis requested a runoff after McFarlane failed to earn more than 50 percent of the vote.

Francis says he called McFarlane to congratulate her on her re-election.

“We had a short conversation, in which she invited me to be a part of community discussions, I believe was her term, and in an effort to unite the city, is what she said. And, what I told her was that I will most certainly be available going forward,” Francis said.

Mitch Colvin

McFarlane was first elected in as mayor in 2011 after serving on the city council for four years.

Fayetteville’s incumbent mayor Nat Robertson lost to opponent Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Colvin.

“I just want to thank God, thank my team, thank all the supporters thank my staff and family, but it all goes around to God tonight,” Colvin told CBS North Carolina.

Colvin received nearly 60 percent of the vote.

Robertson said he hopes he can work with Colvin in the future.

Colvin said the first project he wants to tackle as mayor is work on bringing the community together.

He’s expected to be officially sworn in at the next city council meeting.

Across North Carolina, Vi Lyles claimed victory in the race to become the next mayor of Charlotte.

Charlotte’s mayor pro tem sent out a Twitter post Tuesday saying “We are victorious!”

With 155 of the city’s 168 precincts reporting, Lyles has 58 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for City Councilman Kenny Smith.

In Asheville, Esther Manheimer cruised to victory with 80 percent of the vote.

Nancy Barakat Vaughan took more than two-thirds of the votes in Greensboro mayoral race.

Election quick stats

In Wake County, only 17 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. A total of 78,901 voters made it to the polls.

The contest between McFarlane and Francis earned 54,452 total votes.

A total of 35,698 ballots were counted in Durham’s mayoral race. Schewel received 21,252 of those. Write-in candidates earned 120 votes.


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