MEMPHIS, TN - Willie Herenton, Memphis' first elected black mayor, won a fifth consecutive four-year term last night.
Herenton beat back a challenge from City Council member Carol Chumney in one of the most contested races since his election in 1991.
According to unofficial results, Herenton had 43 percent of the vote in the nonpartisan election. Chumney, an attorney and former state representative, polled 34 percent.
Herman Morris, former president of Memphis Light, Gas @ Water, the city's publicly owned utility, had 21 percent.
There is no runoff law in Memphis so it took only a plurality to win.
Pre-election polls had the race a statistical dead-heat.