David Briley - Archived Photo

Nashville Mayor David Briley won the special mayoral race Thursday, securing 54 percent and more than 44,000 votes total. Briley will remain the city’s eighth mayor until the next mayoral election in August 2019.

Briley was followed in the polls by Carol Swain with 23 percent, Ralph Bristol with 5 percent and Erica Gilmore with 6 percent.

Here are the voting returns, according to the Davidson County Election Commission:

Election Results - Mayoral Race

Briley accepted victory just more than an hour after polls closed Thursday night. The mayor gave a victory speech at Cabana in Hillsboro Village where his supporters gathered.

In an official statement following the election, Briley said:

“Early tomorrow I’ll go back to work on our back-to-basics agenda, and the commitment that Nashville’s continued success should benefit our entire city. Together we can make that happen by sharpening focus on stronger schools, affordability, managing growth and traffic solutions that keep us moving. I look forward to working with our Metro Council to make progress on those issues that are important to families and neighborhoods across our great city.”

Swain, who had the second highest number of votes at 19,795, conceded Thursday night, thanking her supporters and congratulating Briley and his team for the win.

"We did so much with so little," Swain said in a live video posted to Facebook. "I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that I love Nashville and the people in this room."

Here are a few moments from the mayor's watch party provided by Tony Gonzales of WPLN, The Tennessean's Holly Meyer and News Channel 5's Chris Conte:

Briley concluded his speech challenging residents of Nashville to take the time to go out and meet someone new:

The election date was moved up from August following the Tennessee Supreme Court's decision that it must be held in May. This timeline goes into more detail on how we got to a May 24 election day.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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