The unofficial results are in from Raleigh’s 2015 municipal elections, with the mayor and four incumbents keeping their seats and incumbents in Districts B and C losing theirs.
Mayor Nancy McFarlane handily beat challenger Dr. Bob Weltzin with a total of 26,677 votes cast in her favor, 74 percent of the total.
The two at-large seats were also won by their incumbents, with Mary-Ann Baldwin picking up 33 percent of the total with 18,936 votes and Russ Stephenson got 30 percent of the votes with 18,430 ballots cast in his favor. Challengers Ralph Craig and Matt Tomasulo received 8,563 and 14,845 votes each.
The three-way race in District A, which had no incumbents, was too close to determine a winner, and a run-off will be held next month. The top two candidates were separated by just 57 votes. Dickie Thompson ended the night with 3,359 votes, Eddie Woodhouse with 3,302 and JB Buxton with 3,226.
Challenger David Cox was neck and neck with sitting Councilor John Odom for most of the night, although with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cox wound up with 2,479 votes to Odom’s 2,242.
Corey Branch defeated incumbent Eugene Weeks in District C, another close race that ended with Branch getting 3,051 votes, or 52 percent of the total cast for the district.
Incumbent Kay Crowder pulled out a more significant victory in District D against her challenger Ashton Smith. Crowder received 4,217 votes, 62 percent of the total.
Incumbent Bonner Gaylord faced a closer race than many expected, although he was ahead the entire night. He finished with 4,484 votes, 55.5 percent of the total.
Voter turnout, always low in off-year municipal elections, was apparently not bolstered by the controversy and large amount of media attention granted the race this year.
Out of 276,568 registered Raleigh voters, only 35,887 cast votes for mayor yesterday. Raleigh’s turnout was slightly higher than it was for the county overall, with 13 percent of voters in the city turning out, while 11 percent turned out countywide.