RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Levar Stoney has held enough votes after counting all 9,000 absentee ballots to hold five districts and become Richmond mayor-elect.
Sources with Stoney's campaign say Jack Berry called to concede the race and congratulate him.
Jack Berry's campaign released the following statement:
"I'm all about bringing this city together," said Stoney in a news conference. "That is my commitment: to put the children in the city first and also to ensure that each and voice, no matter who you are, no matter what neighborhood you live in, you have a voice at the table."
In a statement from the Democratic Party of Virginia:
Election officials say hundreds of absentee ballots had to be counted and verified by hand, and there were a larger number of mistake registrations this year, adding to the hold up on the tally.
"We have ballots that were sent out by email to military and overseas voters… that can't be scanned. They have to be hand counted. We had almost 400 of those. Those hand-counted ballots couldn't be counted until last night," said Kirk Showalter, the Richmond General Registrar.
Districts 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 have gone to Stoney. The final precinct came in shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Berry won the 1st and 4th, Morrissey won the 8th and 9th.
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