To hear Charles Francis tell it, you might think he was nipping on Nancy McFarlane’s heels.
Francis and McFarlane were the top vote-getters in Tuesday’s election for mayor of Raleigh. And, because McFarlane didn’t get the required 50 percent of the vote to secure a win, Francis is eligible to request a runoff.
So during a press conference on Wednesday, Francis stood on the front porch of his law firm and reflected on the results.
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He said a majority of voters supported someone besides McFarlane. (That’s true; if you add up the 19,232 votes for Francis, a Democrat, with those of Republican candidate Paul Fitts, it equals more than McFarlane’s 25,414.)
Francis said he got “broad support in some inside-the-Beltline precincts and some northwestern precincts.” He said he ran “neck and neck” with McFarlane in Brier Creek and that he “had support all over Raleigh.”
It’s no surprise that Francis, the Democratic candidate in a city dominated by registered Democrats, got votes in every precinct. But was Francis competitive across the city, as he implies?
A map showing precincts across Raleigh appears to show a city that’s almost evenly divided between McFarlane supporters in the west and Francis supporters in the east.
To find out why PolitiFact rated Francis’ claim Half True, go to PolitiFact.com.