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Barry elected 1st female Nashville mayor; dashing GOP hopes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Megan Barry's election as Nashville's first female mayor has dashed Republican hopes of making inroads in one of the few remaining Democratic strongholds in Tennessee.

Barry on Thursday trounced hedge fund manager David Fox by 10 percentage points.

While the mayor's race is ostensibly nonpartisan, Fox had embraced conservative voters while trying to paint Barry as too focused on social issues. He also ran radio ads labeling Barry and husband, Bruce, as anti-Christian.

Barry, who officiated the city's first gay marriage following the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Tennessee's ban, never shied from her "strong progressive" positions. In the closing days of the race she heavily courted African-American voters to help seal her victory.

She succeeds term-limited Mayor Karl Dean on Sept. 25.