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Nashville voters have chosen a new mayor.

Metro Councilman John Cooper defeated incumbent Mayor David Briley by about 40 percentage points, with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Nashville’s mayor-elect said he will prioritize funding neighborhoods that have not received the benefits of the city's growth.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

Ten candidates are on stage for the three-hour event hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

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Councilman John Cooper will be Nashville's next mayor.

During early voting, he came in more than 40 points ahead of incumbent Mayor David Briley, who already conceded to Cooper minutes after the first results came in. 

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WPLN Staff

In the runoff, voters in Nashville are selecting four at-large Metro Council members from eight who qualified. Deciding which ones to vote for reminds us of sifting through a pile of applications to find the right person. 

So we've been asking the candidates the kinds of big-picture questions you might get in a job interview. 


Nashville's mayors have risen in prominence over recent years, not only because of the city’s skyrocketing growth but through outspoken political stances. By pushing LGBT initiatives, decriminalizing marijuana or curbing cooperation with immigration authorities, the city's leaders have run counter to the state’s Republican supermajority.

Whether that conflict continues has been a central issue in the runoff between Nashville's incumbent Mayor David Briley and Councilman John Cooper.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

The runoff for Nashville mayor kicked into higher gear over the weekend, as incumbent David Briley and Metro Councilman John Cooper went head-to-head for the first time.

At a far-ranging debate organized by the faith group Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, or NOAH, the two battled over the direction of the city — and which candidate had shown a commitment to addressing its problems.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The highly competitive race for the at-large seats on the Metro Council will have a runoff with eight candidates.

Nashville Election Results Live Blog

Aug 1, 2019
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Sergio Martinez-Beltran / WPLN

Nashville voters are making key leadership decisions in today’s Metro General Election. Follow along for updates on the results, dispatches from WPLN reporters in the field, and comments from the mayoral candidates.

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In addition to choosing the mayor and numerous council members this week, Nashville voters will also decide on two Metro Charter amendments.

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Still undecided or feeling uninformed before Election Day on Thursday? Well, there’s plenty of reading (and listening and viewing) material available for your next 72 hours.