Charlotte spoke. Or at least some small part of it did.
Here’s a quick look at the primary election results from last night:
– Peacock cruises to GOP nomination
Republican Edwin Peacock easily won the mayoral primary with 66 percent of the vote against challenger Scott Stone. This’ll be his second time going for mayor. In 2013 he lost to Democrat Patrick Cannon, and we all remember how that worked out.
– Roberts and Clodfelter headed to a runoff
Democrats Jennifer Roberts and incumbent Dan Clodfelter are headed to a runoff to decide who will face Peacock in the November mayoral election. Roberts led the race with 35.77 percent of the vote, Clodfelter had 25.78 percent and David Howard finished a close third with 23.7.
Someone had to hit 40 percent to avoid a runoff, which will be held Oct. 6.
– City council at-large: Three oldies, one new-y.
One newcomer cracked the top four of the Democratic at-large City Council race, earning a spot in the general election in November. Julie Eiselt, who founded Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte in 2007, finished third with 12.71 percent of the vote in her first run for public office.
— Julie J Eiselt (@JulieEiselt) September 15, 2015
Joining her are three folks who have previously served on the council: Vi Lyles (1st, 18.74%), James “Smuggie” Mitchell (2nd, 17.29%) and Claire Green Fallon (4th, 11.75%).
– City council: Dem district incumbents cruise.
Incumbents LaWana Mayfield (District 3, 59.6%), John Autry (District 5, 74.5%) and Al Austin (District 2, 78.23%) easily won the only contested Democratic primaries for Charlotte City Council.
Austin will face Republican newcomer Justin Dunn in the general election and Mayfield will face Republican Eric Netter. Autry faces no Republican opposition in the fall.
By the numbers:
– Turnout: 8.73%. That means only 43,766 of a possible 501,173 registered voters visited the polls in this election.
8.73%. Both sides had engaging candidates and campaigns. 8.73% turnout. large urban area. 8.73% turnout. just. wow. ok then.
— Dr. Michael Bitzer (@CatawbaPolitics) September 16, 2015
– Somehow, that’s higher than the Charlotte primary election in 2013 when just 6.7 percent of voters showed up.
– $1.3 million raised by candidates in the primary, Charlotte’s most expensive. That’s a lot of money for 43,000 votes.
– 643: The number of votes separating Clodfelter and Howard for the second Democratic mayoral runoff spot.
Photos: Charlotte Observer
Corey Inscoe is editor of CharlotteFive and was voter No. 153 at his polling place at 6:15 p.m. Follow him on Twitter @CoreyInscoe.