Mayor David Briley concedes to John Cooper ahead of election day results


Updated: 8:45 p.m.

Less than an hour after polls closed, Nashville Mayor David Briley announced he has conceded to opponent John Cooper ahead of Election Day results. Cooper had a 40% lead in early voting totals, receiving nearly 70% to Briley’s 30%.

While Briley has conceded, election results are still expected to be announced in the next few hours. Election results are still not yet official.

With 134 of 161 precincts reporting, Cooper has earned 69.09% of the vote, or 57,772 votes. Briley has 30.23% of the vote, or 25,273 votes. Write-in candidates account for less than 1% of votes.

The runoff election will decide races for the mayor, four at-large council members and one district council seat in Southwest Nashville as well as other district seats around the city.

According to the Davidson County Election Commission, 48,416 people participated in early voting. The total, which accounts for just more than 11% of registered voters, is 299 fewer votes than early voting turnout for the Aug. 1 general election.

Nashville mayoral candidates John Cooper and incumbent David Briley are on the ballot after neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote during the Aug. 1 Metro Nashville elections.

Also on the ballot for the runoff election are eight at-large candidates. Fifteen candidates ran for five seats in the Aug. 1 election, and eight candidates—Zulfat Suara, Sharon W. Hurt, Sheri Weiner, Burkley Allen, Fabian Bedne, Howard Jones, Steve Glover and Gary W. Moore—are on the ballot in the runoff.

Results for the at-large candidates are as follows:
Burkley Allen*: 13.2%
Fabian Bedne*: 11.3%
Steve Glover*: 13%
Sharon W. Hurt*: 15.2%
Howard Jones: 11.4%
Gary W. Moore: 9.5%
Zulfat Suara: 13%
Sheri Weiner*: 12.5%

In District 23, incumbent Mina Johnson is facing off against Thom Druffel after neither candidate received 50% or more of the vote Aug. 1.

Mina Johnson*: 55%
Thom Druffel: 44.9%

*indicates incumbent or current council member

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.
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