Bellwether? Raleigh Mayoral Race Heads to Runoff

RALEIGH – As the fastest growing area of the state and the capital, the City of Oaks increasingly has an ever expanding influence on the rest of North Carolina. So it’s helpful to check the temperature in Raleigh, and who the select to lead the city as mayor is a good gauge. Those elections just happened, and the mayoral race is heading for a November runoff after no candidate got a majority.

Naturally, as an urban center, the city could be expected to lean Left. The mayoral race is ‘non-partisan’ but the absence of a label doesn’t mean the absence of ideology. The two top vote-getters and runoff candidates are Mary Ann Baldwin, a construction/development company executive, and Charles Francis, an Ivy League educated former federal prosecutor.

From ABC11:

“[…] A hand-eye audit was started Wednesday morning as state election officials randomly selected a statistically significant number of precincts, early-voting sites and mail ballots to count ballots by hand, as required by law, to make sure there’s no mechanical error.

It’s really apparent to me that our message resonated with the voters,” Baldwin said. “I went around this city talking to lots of people about my experience on the city council. I talked to them about the issues that I felt passionate about and that I took action on.”

The choice is between a Raleigh that works for all people and a Raleigh that works for just a few people,” Francis said. “My message is Raleigh is a great place for some and we need to make it a great place for all.” […]”

Which one of those do you think will pull one of North Carolina’s biggest cities harder Left?

Listen the candidates here.

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