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It's Williams against Bell for Durham mayor's race

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From correspondent Virginnia Bridges

Sylvester Williams held a 22-vote lead over County Commissioner Joe Bowser after approved provisional ballots were counted today, meaning he will face Mayor Bill Bell in the Nov. 8 election.

The Board of Election approved 183 Of the 218 provisional ballots, votes that are held for later review due to questions about voters' eligibility.   Most of the ballots were held due to votes cast in the wrong precinct.

Bell, mayor since 2001, received 131 of those votes, bringing his total to 9,378, about 81 percent of the vote.  Williams, a pastor at Assembly at Durham Christian Center, received 19 provisional votes, bumping to his vote total to 889.  Bowser received 19 provisional votes and a total of 867 votes. Ralph McKinney received six provisional votes and a total of 471 votes.

Two members of the Board of Elections and Williams' wife and daughter Barbara and Adande Williams were the only visitors present as the board's interim director, Michael Perry, fed the approved votes into the ballot tabulator.

“In it to win it,” Barbara and Adande Williams repeated as they left the Board of Elections. 

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Mark Schultz is the editor of The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News.