In Charlotte, The First African-American Woman Is Elected Mayor

Charlotte, North Carolina has elected its first African-American woman mayor. Vi Lyles easily won her contest against her Republican adversary.

Charlotte, North Carolina has elected its first African-American woman mayor. Vi Lyles easily won her contest against her Republican adversary.

Lyles took about 58 percent to Smith’s 42 percent in unofficial returns. She carried precincts throughout the city, including a handful in south Charlotte. Despite being heavily outspent, she won on a night Democrats flexed their muscles not only in Charlotte but in Virginia and New Jersey, where they swept state races.

Lyles thanked her supporters following the victory.

“With this opportunity you’ve given me, you’ve proven that we are a city of opportunity and inclusiveness,” Lyles told supporters at Park Expo off Independence Boulevard. “You’ve proven that a woman whose father didn’t graduate from high school can become this city’s first female African-American mayor.”

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