NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville mayoral candidates David Fox and Megan Barry will face off against each other in Thursday’s run-off election.
Both candidates have been knocking on doors in battleground precincts and showing up at as many public events as possible leading up to the election.
“There is no break. This is a final push to the end,” Barry said while greeting voters at a north Nashville church.
The two continue to acknowledge a tight race with a distinct choice, along with a message that has remained constant since both won a spot in a run-off in August.
“I have been very clear that I am fiscally conservative,” Fox said as he spoke to reporters. “I think we need to be careful how we spend our money while at the same time fostering the growth that we have enjoyed so much.”
Voters will also choose the winner of 10 council races, including the council-at-large seats.
The election commission told News 2 that 58,848 people voted early.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Voting was delayed at the Martha O’Bryan Center after the building was not unlocked on time. The location opened for voters at 7:40 a.m.
Both voters who were turned away from voting at Martha O’Bryan returned to cast their ballots.
James Pierce and Bennie Wheeler were the only voters who showed up between 7 and 7:40 a.m. Thursday and couldn’t wait for the late opening of the polling place.
The two returned just after 6 p.m. and voted within minutes of each other.
Election Commission Chairman Ron Buchanan told News 2 that the precinct will still have to stay open until 7:40 p.m., per a judge’s order.
Anyone who votes after 7 p.m. will fill out a paper provisional ballot.
Buchanan says voting precincts cannot post election numbers until the last poll closes, which means numbers will likely be late coming in.