Hello everyone, this is Paul Cameron hard at work in the WBTV election center.
Patrick Cannon will become Charlotte's next mayor 20 years after he was first elected to City Council at the ripe age of 26. Cannon defeats Edwin Peacock who overcame a 5,000 vote deficit in early voting, to close the gap to near even at the halfway point of tonight's vote total. But Peacock didn't get enough support in Charlotte's predominately Democratic south east precincts and Cannon stretched out a victory in the end.
While all the school and road bonds passed resoundingly, there was an upset in Pineville where 9-time incumbent Mayor George Fowler lost his job to political newcomer John Edwards. And in Huntersville, incumbent Mayor Jill Swain held on to her job by 26 votes over long-time former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett.
An interesting note-- the town of Marvin in Union County has no winner in the mayor's race. The incumbent decided against running, then two candidates who filed decided to pull out. So, the town will have to hand count all the write-in votes and try to determine a winner tomorrow.
We're on the rebound temperature wise, according the WBTV Chief Meteorologist Eric Thomas. But we could see some rain in the next few days.
Eric will have the latest forecast. Molly Grantham and I will have tonight's elections covered and Delano Little tells us about the Panthers player they call, "piggie." Join us for WBTV News at 11:00!