GREENSBORO, N.C. — Justin Outling conceded to incumbent Mayor Nancy Vaughan Monday in the race for Greensboro mayor.
Up until Monday, just 425 votes separated the two.
The Guilford County Board of Elections says it received 90 mail-in absentee ballots after election day.
Even if all of those votes went to Outling, it wouldn't be enough for a recount.
“I cannot thank each one of you enough for the support, well wishes, and assistance these past few years. Even though I was not elected, I look forward to continuing to help make Greensboro better and supporting you in the future,” he said in a post on social media.
Outling released a statement saying he feels a deep sense of gratitude to each and every person associated with his campaign.
“Whether you volunteered, made donations to the campaign or expressed your support at the polls, I hope I have lived up to the confidence you showed in me,” he said. “I remain humbled and deeply indebted to you and for your support.”
It’s been a long road for Outling. His main goal during his campaign was to move Greensboro forward and close the gaps between East and West Greensboro.
He also remains hopeful to continue working in the city he says he loves.
Outling said “that vision remains, the work still remains, and so I know we are all going to be right there, shoulder-to-shoulder doing everything we can, from where we can, to help realize Greensboro‘s potential.”
Mayor Vaughan said she is pleased with her campaign and appreciates the race run by Outling.
“I know that he had been focused on this for a very long time and I want to thank him for his service to our city and I know that he’s not going anywhere," she said.
Vaughan was the projected winner in a tight race for Greensboro mayor, after receiving 425 more votes than Outling.
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