UPDATE: A recount of the votes completed and certified by the Buncombe County Board of Elections this afternoon, Nov. 18, didn't significantly change the results of the election. Incumbent Jan Davis retained his third place finish – and his seat on Asheville City Council – by a total of 35 votes over challenger Lael Gray. The final tally:
Jan Davis: 7,701
Lael Gray: 7,666
The Nov. 15 post:
After sifting through more than 200 provisional ballots, the Buncombe County Board of Elections certified the official results of the Asheville City Council election today: Incumbent Jan Davis retained his third place finish ahead of challenger Lael Gray by a razor-thin margin of 34 votes.
The unofficial tally released the night of Nov. 8 had showed Davis with a 40-vote edge. Some observers had speculated that after the provisional ballots were counted, Gray could overtake that deficit.
Immediately following the announcement of the official results, Gray requested a recount, which the board said they would try to complete by the end of the week.
"It stinks having to wait some more," said Gray before speculating that it might be the closest election in the history of Asheville City Council. "This is really wild. It's a little surreal."
The official results also confirmed Marc Hunt as the top vote getter and that Chris Pelly came in second, with both winning seats on Council. The board also confirmed the success of the sales-tax referendum by a margin of 503 votes.
The official Asheville City Council results:
Marc Hunt: 8,760
Chris Pelly: 8,202
Jan Davis: 7,703
Lael Gray: 7,669
Mark Cates: 5,263
Saul Chase: 1,762
The official sales-tax referendum results:
Pictured: Lael Gray