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Mayoral Candidates Campaign On Last Day Of Early Voting

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 13:18:15-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Scottsboro Community Club Barbecue has been an end of summer tradition in the small town with plenty of music, food and people. Among the crowd, mayoral candidate David Fox mingled with supporters.

"I voted for him," Maddie Hudgens said.

While it’s never been officially named a partisan race, the lines could not be more clear with many Republicans throwing their support behind Fox.

"I'm supporting him because I think he could slow down all this unnecessary building and spending in Nashville," Fox supporter, Rodney Martin, said.

Many Democrats have been supporting Megan Barry, who made several stops across town Saturday to gain as many last minute early votes as possible. NewsChannel 5 caught up with her supporters outside of a precinct in south Nashville.

"This is also a historic time in our city to be able to vote for the first female mayor," Megan Barry supporter, Anna Page, said.

While both candidates have agreed on issues like the need for more affordable housing, subjects like budget spending and traffic divided the candidates and the voters.

Barry has made it clear she's worked with Mayor Karl Dean on many projects that have helped Nashville prosper, while Fox has accused her of running up the city’s debt.

The campaign for Nashville's mayor will soon come to an end with new leadership in the mayoral office and on city council.

"This race is going to come down to the wire, your vote can make a difference. Don't sit this one out. We're talking about the mayor for the next four, possibly eight years, who's going to have a direct impact on our city," Representative Jason Powell said.

Officials said early voting ended at 4 p.m. Saturday with a total of 58,848 voters turning out.

The run-off election has been set for September 10. Polls have been scheduled to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.