Applewhite not ready to concede Robertson's win in Fayetteville - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Applewhite not ready to concede Robertson's win in Fayetteville mayoral election

Posted: Updated:
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

In a statement released Wednesday in regards to the Fayetteville mayoral election, Val Applewhite said she "will continue to wait for the official numbers before making a decision on next steps."

Based on unofficial results, Nat Robertson defeated Applewhite to be the next mayor of Fayetteville Tuesday night. Robertson will be the first new mayor for the All-American city in eight years.

The margin of victory was 270 votes. Robertson won with 11,571 votes (50.52 percent) to Applewhite's 11,301 (49.34 percent). There were 34 write-in votes (0.15%).

The board of elections will make the votes official on Tuesday. There are still some provisional votes and absentee votes to include in the total. Terri Robertson, the Director of the Cumberland County Board of Elections, said there likely will not be more than 270 votes remaining to be counted.

The unofficial margin of victory is 1.18 percent. That percentage would have to drop below 1 percent for a recount to be allowed. If the margin of victory is less than 1 percent when official results are released on Tuesday, Applewhite will have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to request a recount.

I her written statement Applewhite also said the following:

"I want to thank everyone for their support and votes. To think that my grassroots campaign – with tens of thousands of fundraising dollars less than my opponent, but heavy in hope and volunteers – could come within 200 votes of winning this election, speaks volumes about my vision for Fayetteville and those who believed that I have the leadership and experience to lead our city."

Robertson said he knows a lot of people in Fayetteville voted for Applewhite but he hopes to gain their support.

"One of the things we've said throughout the campaign is we're about unity, we're about bringing people into the tent, about hearing different ideas from everybody," Robertson told WNCN. "So I look forward to doing that, and I look forward to the next two years being two years of inclusion."

Robertson had previously made an unsuccessful bid to be mayor in 2011. He served on the City Council for three consecutive terms from 1989 until 1995 and a fourth beginning in 1999.

Applewhite has served on the City Council for the last six years.

While the office is non-partisan, Robertson identifies as a Republican, and Applewhite identifies as a Democrat. Mayor Anthony Chavonne was first elected in 2005. He chose not to run for a fifth consecutive term. After the 2013 primary election, he endorsed Robertson in the race.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Shooting at Waters Ave. and 38th Street in Savannah

    Shooting at Waters Ave. and 38th Street in Savannah

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:43:34 GMT
    Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police have the area of Waters Ave and 38th Street cornered off with crime scene tape. Around 12:45 p.m. police were called to the scene where they found a man in the street shot. The SCMPD Spokesman, Julian Miller, said the victim was in a white sedan when shots were fired from another car striking him. The white sedan came to a stop in a yard. The man was taken to the hospital. The victim's name has not been released yet or his condition. Police do not have a...
    Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police have the area of Waters Ave and 38th Street cornered off with crime scene tape. Around 12:45 p.m. police were called to the scene where they found a man in the street shot. The SCMPD Spokesman, Julian Miller, said the victim was in a white sedan when shots were fired from another car striking him. The white sedan came to a stop in a yard. The man was taken to the hospital. The victim's name has not been released yet or his condition. Police do not have a...
  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:48:25 GMT
    James SiebenthalJames Siebenthal
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
  • SURVELLIANCE VIDEO: Runaway Horse in Downtown Savannah

    SURVELLIANCE VIDEO: Runaway Horse in Downtown Savannah

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:08:52 GMT
    WSAV has learned that a horse carriage was involved in an accident in downtown Savannah on Monday. A viewer tells News 3 that the horse went 'berserk' after the accident. Savannah Police have closed
    WSAV has learned that a horse carriage was involved in an accident in downtown Savannah on Monday.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.