Applewhite concedes in Fayetteville mayoral race
Posted November 8, 2013
Updated November 9, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — In a statement released Friday, City Councilwoman Val Applewhite offered her concession in the Fayetteville mayoral race.
Based on unofficial results, Applewhite trailed businessman Nat Robertson by a 51-49 percent margin. The margin of victory was less than 250 votes.
Earlier in the week, Applewhite said she was waiting for provisional ballots to be counted before deciding whether to ask for a recount. The race generated an unusually high voter turnout for a municipal election, with more than 20 percent of registered voters casting ballots.
"We have examined the election returns and have determined that under the best of circumstances, the likelihood that a recount will change the outcome of the election is slim," Applewhite said in her statement. "I accept the finality of the results and offer my congratulations to Mayor-Elect Nat Robertson."
Applewhite, a real estate agent, served on the City Council for the last six years.
"I thank each and every person that poured their energy into my campaign and believed in my vision for our city," Applewhite said. I entered this race because I wanted to be the voice for all residents of Fayetteville. My campaign stood for the issues worth fighting for."
Robertson, who previously served four terms on the Fayetteville City Council, will succeed Mayor Tony Chavonne, who chose not to run for re-election after eight years in office. Robertson lost to Chavonne two years ago.