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Charlotte primary: Democrats Roberts, Clodfelter headed for run-off in mayoral primary

Shaftina Snipes (left), working for David Howard and Diana Wolff (right), working for Mo Idlibby hand pout materials to voter Alex Williams in front of the University City Regional Library, precinct 141. Voter turnout is expected to be low during the primary election on Tuesday September 15, 2015. Precinct 141, the University City Regional Library, is an early voting site which can confuse voters who have voted there in the past. A number have been redirected to there home precinct.
Shaftina Snipes (left), working for David Howard and Diana Wolff (right), working for Mo Idlibby hand pout materials to voter Alex Williams in front of the University City Regional Library, precinct 141. Voter turnout is expected to be low during the primary election on Tuesday September 15, 2015. Precinct 141, the University City Regional Library, is an early voting site which can confuse voters who have voted there in the past. A number have been redirected to there home precinct. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte voters will head to the polls again next month to pick a Democratic nominee for mayor, with Jennifer Roberts and Dan Clodfelter meeting in a run-off.

The Democratic mayoral nominee was the only race left unsettled Tuesday. The winner will face Republican Edwin Peacock, who easily beat challenger Scott Stone in his party’s primary.

Elsewhere, city voters also picked Democratic nominees in some city council seats.

A round-up of our stories:

▪ Charlotte mayor’s race: Jennifer Roberts leads Democratic field, but faces runoff

▪ Democrats Vi Lyles, James Mitchell finish 1-2 in Charlotte City Council at-large primary

▪ Charlotte City Council district races: Incumbents Mayfield, Austin and Autry win primaries

▪ Voter turnout light in Charlotte mayoral, council primary

10:14 p.m. How would a mayoral run-off work, exactly?

With Democrats Jennifer Roberts and Dan Clodfelter headed for a run-off early next month, we wanted to find out more about how the second election would work.

According to elections director Michael Dickerson, the Oct. 6 primary will be open to Democrats and any unaffiliated voters who did not vote in the GOP primary. You did not need to vote Tuesday in order to participate in the run-off.

The top vote-getter in the run-off would advance to the November election against Edwin Peacock.

9:44 p.m. We’re getting down to the wire; Roberts and Clodfelter could meet again Oct. 6

Only 13 precincts are still out, but no major changes have happened yet. Democrats Jennifer Roberts and Dan Clodfelter could be headed to a run-off in the mayoral primary because neither candidate received 40 percent of the vote.

9:20 p.m. Returns are coming in quickly, but there’s not much change

With two-thirds of precincts in, Jennifer Roberts still has a sizable lead in the Democratic primary for mayor. But she’s still short of the amount of votes needed to avoid a run-off.

Roberts had 8,207 votes, or 36.62 percent of the total, with 66 percent of precinct in. The totals also include early-voting and absentee ballots. Dan Clodfelter is still in second place.

There haven’t been significant changes in the other races. Republican Edwin Peacock still has a big lead in his party’s mayoral primary. In the city council races, Democrats Vi Lyles, James Mitchell, Julie Eiselt and Claire Green Fallon are leading, while incumbents Al Austin (District 2), LaWana Mayfield (District 3) and John Autry (District 5) are ahead in their respective primaries.

9:10 p.m. Clodfelter widens lead over Howard in Democratic mayoral primary

Precinct returns are coming in more quickly now, with 58 of the city’s 168 polling sites now reporting returns. In the mayor’s race, Democrat Jennifer Roberts is still ahead with 36.64 percent of the vote, based on the partial returns.

In second place is current Mayor Dan Clodfelter, who has 27.37 percent of votes and about just under 700 more than David Howard. That’s a wider margin than earlier today, when the pair were separated by just half of a percentage point with early voting and absentee numbers in.

The #2 spot is key because the Democratic primary could head into a run-off election if no candidate receives more than 40 percent of the overall vote. A run-off, if necessary, would be held Oct. 6. The winner would face likely Republican nominee Edwin Peacock, who more than twice the number of votes as his challenger.

8:48 p.m. One area primary is already settled

Charlotte wasn’t the only city holding an election today.

In Lincolnton, incumbent and Democrat John “Les” Cloninger won his party’s primary for the Ward 2 seat on the city council. He received 319 votes, or 69.35 percent of returns from the ward’s seven districts, according to complete but unofficial results from the state Board of Elections site. Challenger Larry T. Houser received 141 votes. Learn more about both candidates in this story from the Lincoln Times-News.

The Ward 2 race was the only primary in Lincoln County. Many other local towns or cities did not hold primaries because a lot of those seats are non-partisan.

It’s the city’s only

8:35 p.m. A look at the at-large city council race

With partial returns in, Democrats Vi Lyles, James Mitchell, Julie Eiselt and Claire Green Fallon are still leading in the at-large primary. Lyles is leading with about 19 percent of the vote with 16 precincts in, and early-voting and absentee results.

City Hall reporter Steve Harrison notes that three of the hopefuls, Eiselt, Lyles and Mitchell have all said they support expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. You can read more on their stances in the Q&As we sent to candidates.

The four Democratic nominees will face Republicans Pablo Cesar Carvajal, John Powell Jr. and David Michael Rice in November.

8:16 p.m.: Precinct results trickle in

About 45 minutes after polls closed, we’re starting to see results from precincts. Well, from one precinct.

Precinct #50 at Wedgewood Church, located off Tyvola Road near Marion Diehl Park, was the first polling site to send in completed results.

The results from the precinct didn’t have a major affect on results, though Julie Eiselt moved into third place in the Democratic primary for at-large seats on the city council.

But don’t turn away just yet. There are 168 precincts across the city, so we still have a way to go.

7:40 p.m.: Roberts, Peacock lead with early-voting, absentee returns

The first batch of election returns are in, with Democrat Jennifer Roberts ahead in the party’s primary for mayor based on early-voting and absentee results. The former chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners received 2,714 votes in the early totals, with current Mayor Dan Clodfelter and City Councilman David Howard next with 1,948 and 1,910 votes, respectively.

In the Republican race, Edwin Peacock had a solid lead over challenger Scott Stone with 70 percent of the early votes.

In the at-large primary, incumbent Vi Lyles was leading in the 12-person field, followed by former councilman James “Smuggie” Mitchell, incumbent Claire Green Fallon and newcomer Julie Eiselt.

No precinct results have come in yet.

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