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Dayne Walling wins Flint mayoral race in shadow of EM announcement

The person elected as mayor of Flint might not have any power if an emergency manager is appointed.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
The person elected as mayor of Flint might not have any power if an emergency manager is appointed.

Update 11:54 p.m.

Flint mayor Dayne Walling claims victory.

Walling easily won re-election over challenger Darryl Buchanan.

But Walling's victory is tempered by the Governor deciding that the city of Flint is facing a financial emergency.

Governor Snyder will likely name an emergency manager to run the city.   Mayor Walling says he looks forward to working with whoever is appointed.

10:10 p.m.

With 31 of 61 precicts reporting, Flint mayor Dayne Walling holds a 58% to 41% lead over challenger Darryl Buchanan.

9:59 p.m.

With 26 of 61 precincts reporting, Incumbent Dayne Walling is widening his lead over challenger Darryl Buchanan. 

9:40 p.m.

Incumbent mayor Dayne Walling holds the lead with 18 precincts reporting, but challenger Darryl Buchanan appears to be narrowing the gap.

9:17 p.m.

Incumbent Dayne Walling is leading by about a two to one margin in early voting.  

With nine of 61 precincts reporting, Walling holds a 63% to 36% lead over challenger Darryl Buchanan.  

8:14 p.m.

Another race we're following is the Flint mayoral race.

Current Flint Mayor Dayne Walling is seeking a four-year term. He's up against Darryl Buchanan, a former Flint city council president and former city administrator.

Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody will be following this race. Carmody has reported that crime in Flint is likely to be the pivotal issue in this election.

But the winner of this race might be overshadowed by a potential state takeover in the form of an emergency manager. Today, Governor Rick Snyder announced that a financial emergency exists in Flint.

That determination could lead to the appointment of an emergency manager for the city.

Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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