With no runoff, Baldwin now Raleigh’s next mayor

October 11, 2019 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former council member in North Carolina’s capital city will become its next mayor, as the second-place finisher in this week’s election decided against seeking a runoff.

Mary-Ann Baldwin got the most votes in Tuesday’s six-candidate race for Raleigh mayor. Unofficial results showed Charles Francis trailing Baldwin by 7 percentage points. Francis said in a written statement on Friday that while there was no clear mandate for any candidate, the pathway to a runoff victory would have required the campaign to raise several hundred thousand dollars in just a few weeks.

Baldwin will succeed Nancy McFarlane, who has been mayor since 2011 and chose not to run this fall.

Francis lost to McFarlane in a mayoral runoff in 2017.