Charlotte Mayor Sue Myrick easily won the Republican primary in North Carolina's biggest city, while Birmingham, Ala., voters returned a black majority to the city council.
In a partisan primary delayed two weeks by Hurricane Hugo's devastation, Charlotte's ballot Tuesday drew only 14,920 voters, or 7.5 percent of those eligible to cast ballots, according to Elections Supervisor Bill Culp."We had predicted 8 percent, so it was as bad as we expected," Culp said. "I guess hurricanes and Jim Bakker are all this town can take."
The PTL founder's fraud and conspiracy trial was held in Charlotte.
Myrick's opponent in the Nov. 7 election will be Democrat Craig Madans, a political newcomer. He avoided a primary when two-term council member Al Rousso, the heavy favorite, dropped out because of illness last month.
In other municipal elections in North Carolina on Tuesday, Raleigh voters re-elected three-term Mayor Avery Upchurch.
Birmingham, once dominated by whites and the scene of historic conflict during the early years of the civil rights movement, retained its black majority on the council.
In complete but unofficial returns, six blacks, including five incumbents, were elected from six predominantly black voting districts.
In the three remaining districts, which are mostly white, one white incumbent retained his seat, and two other districts will hold runoffs in which both opponents are white.