Nashville Mayor's Race Results in Runoff

August 7, 2015 AT 10:00 AM

Megan Barry and David Fox are headed for a runoff election to decide the next mayor of Nashville, giving voters a one-month race that pits a favorite of liberals versus the choice of many conservatives.

Barry, a two-term at-large Metro councilwoman, won 23.5 percent of the vote in Nashville’s mayoral election Thursday, followed by Fox, a former hedge-fund manager, who finished with 22.8 percent of the vote. The two edged out real estate executive Bill Freeman, who finished with 21.3 percent, according to complete but unofficial results.

They were trailed by Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry, with 11.5 percent; attorney Charles Robert Bone, with 10.5 percent; businesswoman Linda Eskind Rebrovick, 5.6 percent; and charter school founder Jeremy Kane, with 4.6 percent.

In all, 103,905 people voted in the mayoral race, only a couple of thousand more than the open mayoral race eight years ago.

The runoff is set for Sept. 10. The Barry-Fox race features arguably the sharpest ideological contrast of any of the possible matchups heading into Thursday night. It also marks what just weeks ago would have been considered a stunning defeat for Freeman, thought to be the front-runner for most of the summer.

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