- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Election results show Jim Strickland defeated incumbent A C Wharton Jr. by winning 42 percent of the vote to become Memphis’ first white mayor since 1991.

Results showed Wharton received 22 percent of the vote in Thursday’s mayoral election. Wharton had won the previous two Memphis mayoral elections in 2009 and 2011 by receiving more than 60 percent of the vote.

City Council member Harold Collins won 18 percent of the vote to finish third. Memphis police union chief Mike Williams was fourth with 16 percent.

Election officials are investigating a technical problem that caused results to be delayed until around midnight. Wharton conceded to Strickland before final results were released.

Strickland, a City Council member since 2007, takes over as mayor in January.


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