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Democrat Cannon elected mayor of Charlotte, NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

For Patrick Cannon, winning the mayor's race in North Carolina's largest city is the highlight of his political career.

Cannon told supporters Tuesday night that obtaining the Charlotte mayorship was the realization of a "life goal."

Cannon, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Edwin Peacock with 53 percent of the vote, compared to 47 percent for Peacock, according to unofficial results.

The results were released by the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.

Peacock spokesman Russell Peck said Peacock had conceded the race.

Cannon will replace Democrat Anthony Foxx, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Transportation Secretary. Patsy Kinsey has been serving as the city's interim mayor.

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