CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Voters in the city of Charlotte are going to the polls to elect a mayor in a race which has focused on the local economy.
Tuesday's election in Charlotte pits 47-year-old Democrat Patrick Cannon against 43-year-old Republican Edwin Peacock.
Both candidates are touting plans to help create new jobs in Charlotte.
Peacock is at a disadvantage -- 50 percent of Charlotte's 550,000 registered voters are Democrats. About 23 percent are Republicans, the rest unaffiliated.
But Republicans have won in Charlotte before: Pat McCrory, a Republican, spent 14 years as mayor before being elected governor in 2012.
Cannon or Peacock will replace Anthony Foxx, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Transportation Secretary.
NC voters decide Tuesday on local races, questions
North Carolina voters have one more day to cast ballots to choose their next mayor or town council or school member, or to decide to whether to back borrowing for school construction.
Local elections wrap up with the polls opening Tuesday morning in all or portions of 94 of the state's 100 counties. Unofficial winners will be announced after precincts close in the evening.
The odd-numbered-year elections are highlighted by mayoral elections in North Carolina's largest cities, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Fayetteville. Some localities are holding referenda on raising the local sales tax or allowing certain alcohol sales or ABC stores.
The State Board of Elections had counted by Monday nearly 98,000 absentee votes cast by mail or during the 2 1/2-week early voting period.
You can find both Charlotte mayoral candidates Patrick Cannon and Edwin Peacock on Twitter:
Here is contact information and websites for local boards of elections: