CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- In North Carolina's largest city, the mayoral race has seen no mudslinging. No blistering attack ads like those in state and national races in which divisive partisanship is becoming normal.

Instead, Democrat Patrick Cannon and Republican Edwin Peacock have tried to stay focused on the critical issues facing Charlotte. As a result, the election has been a low-key affair.

The candidates say the city is at a crossroads, with tough issues ahead, including job creation.

The 43-year-old Peacock says he's running a grass-roots campaign. But he's at a disadvantage because 50 percent of Charlotte's 550,000 registered voters are Democrats.

The 47-year-old Cannon says he's the best candidate to bring jobs to the city.

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