The Craven County Board of Elections says Dana Outlaw, who received the second highest amount of votes in the crowded mayor's race, has requested a runoff against fellow alderman, Sabrina Bengel.
Bengel received 30.47% of the vote Tuesday, compared to Outlaw's 26.52%. A candidate needed to get 50% of the vote to win the race outright.
The elections director says there has also been a runoff requested in Ward Six for New Bern Alderman. Jeffrey Odham received 32% of the vote and requested a runoff election against Ashley Smith, who received 43%.
It is possible a runoff election could take place in Ward One as well, but one has not been requested yet.
Early voting is scheduled to begin October 17. Election Day will be November 5.
With all of the precincts reporting, New Bern Mayoral candidate Sabrina Bengel got the most votes, but not enough to avoid a possible runoff with second place finisher Dana Outlaw.
With all of the precincts reporting, election results show Bengel with 30.47% of the vote and Outlaw with 26.52% of the vote.
To avoid a runoff the first place finisher needed to win by a majority.
Following the results, Bengel said she welcomed the opportunity to participate in a run-off.
Bengel said, “For those that voted for one of the other candidates, I hope that over the next month, I can earn your trust and your vote. I look forward to continuing the discussion about the real issues affecting our community over the next several weeks.”
A Facebook post from "Dana Outlaw For Mayor" cited the final numbers and said, "These are our numbers at the moment that appear to mean a runoff."
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