Charlotte voters to go to polls to pick new mayor - WNCT

Charlotte voters to go to polls to pick new mayor

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Voters in North Carolina largest city are going to the polls to elect a mayor in a race that has focused on the local economy.

Tuesday's election in Charlotte pits 47-year-old Democrat Patrick Cannon against 43-year-old Republican Edwin Peacock.

Both candidates are touting plans to help create new jobs in Charlotte.

Peacock is at a disadvantage - 50 percent of Charlotte's 550,000 registered voters are Democrats. About 23 percent are Republicans, the rest unaffiliated.

Republicans have won in Charlotte. Republican Pat McCrory spent 14 years as mayor before being elected governor in 2012.

Cannon or Peacock will replace Anthony Foxx, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Transportation Secretary.

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