CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Voters in North Carolina's major cities are turning out to select mayors, and for Charlotte, it will be the city's sixth mayor since 2009.
After incumbent Jennifer Roberts lost the Democratic primary, the largest city in the state will decide on Tuesday between Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles and City Councilman Kenny Smith. Lyles defeated Roberts in the primary, while Smith cruised to victory in the Republican primary.
Raleigh voters will pick between unaffiliated incumbent Nancy McFarlane and Democratic challenger Charles Francis.
While McFarlane has been a favorite among liberals, the Wake County Democratic Party endorsed Francis, who has accused McFarlane of failing to address adequately affordable housing in the city of 430,000.
Mayoral incumbents also are seeking re-election in Asheville, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Wilmington.
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