Election Results: Bokhari Leads Democratic Opponent By About 350 Votes...

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Outspoken council member Tariq Bokhari appears to have reclaimed his seat in a tight rematch with Democrat Stephanie Hand.

Why it matters: Based on unofficial totals, Bokhari is in the lead to serve a fourth term and continue representing the GOP as one of only two Republicans on council.

  • Hand would be the first Democrat to hold the District 6 seat in its history. She had not conceded as of late Tuesday night and is awaiting final results from provisional ballots.

By the numbers: Bokhari is 352 votes ahead of Hand. In the July 2022 election, Hand came just 357 votes shy of defeating Bokhari as a first-time candidate.

  • By the end of early voting, about 1,000 more registered Democrats had cast ballots than registered Republicans. That was a substantial contrast from the 2022 election, when the difference was about 400 votes.
  • Throughout election night, though, Hand’s lead dwindled as results from precincts rolled in.

The big picture: There will probably only be one new face on Charlotte City Council. Newcomer Tiawana Brown was elected to the seat Victoria Watlington is vacating. Watlington, District 3’s current representative, was elected to an at-large seat.

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