Former Phenix City Mayor Sonny Coulter says unofficial election results gathered by his campaign indicate that he has won his fourth term as mayor.
Coulter's campaign workers gathered the election results posted at two of the three precincts in Phenix City soon after they closed at 7 p.m. EDT. Although his numbers do not include the Spencer precinct, Coulter says his totals indicate he has about a 400-vote lead in Tuesday's balloting.
At about 7:45, Coulter was with his supporters at Booth's Corner Cafe and Grill in Phenix City, celebrating his apparent victory.
Asked why voters keep putting him back in office, Coulter laughed and said, "I don't know, but I'm sure glad they do."
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He was previously elected in 1989, 1992 and 2001.
The 65-year-old Coulter is a retired real estate agent who last office four years ago.
Results from the three contested city council races have not been tallied. Those results and others from East Alabama races will be posted at ledger-enquirer.com as they become available.