Mayor pro tem defeats incumbent in Charlotte primary

Jennifer Roberts, Mayor of Charlotte, NC. Photo: CNN / MGN Online

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) The woman who is second in command to the mayor of North Carolina's largest city has won a bid to replace her.

Charlotte Mayor Pro Tempore Vi Lyles defeated incumbent Jennifer Roberts in the Democratic mayoral primary on Tuesday. Before all the votes were counted, Roberts conceded the race to Lyles.

With 88 percent of the precincts reporting, Lyles had 46 percent of the vote, to 36 percent for Roberts. State Sen. Joel Ford was third with 15 percent.

Lyles will face Kenny Smith, the runaway winner in the Republican primary who served with Lyles on the Charlotte City Council. Smith had garnered nearly 89 percent of the vote with most precincts reporting.

The general election is scheduled for Nov. 7.