Stoney leading Richmond mayoral race; election officials say too early to tell

Posted at 12:38 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 12:46:41-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- As of Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Levar Stoney had taken the lead in six of the nine districts, according to in-person election day totals and the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP).

The results showed Mayor Stoney with a lead over councilwoman Kim Gray, with Alexsis Rodgers in third place.

However, Secretary of the Richmond City Electoral Board, Starlet Stevens, said with many ballots still to count, the race wasn't over yet.

The five candidates running for mayor had to get the highest vote total in five of the nine city council districts to win outright. If no candidate secured a majority in five districts, the top two would move to a runoff election which would be held December 15th.

Stevens said the ballots that still needed to be processed could make an impact.

"It’s too early to tell because we still have ballots to count. People that put their votes in the drop boxes in the precincts yesterday, and then we also have provisional ballots that need to be processed. So that could all change the final counts," said Stevens.

On top of that, the registrar’s office still had to process mail-in ballots postmarked on election day and received by Friday at noon.

Stevens added that the number of provisional ballots and ballots put in drop boxes on Election Day were enough to slow things down as far as results, but she did not have a total of the uncounted ballots.

In a statement Tuesday night, Stoney’s campaign manager, Kevin Zeithaml, said they are confident that the mayor will be re-elected to serve a second term as he is the "only candidate in the race with a coalition to win five out of nine districts."