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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democrat Greg Fischer defeated Republican Hal Heiner on Tuesday to succeed longtime Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Fischer had 131,136 votes, or 51 percent, to 124,995, or 48 percent. Independents Nimbus Couzin and Jerry Mills received 498 and 473 votes, respectively.
Fischer is a businessman who ran a family business with his brothers, SerVend International, that was sold for $200 million in 1997.
Heiner, an engineer and developer, has served on the Louisville Metro Council since the city and county governments merged in 2003.
The Courier-Journal reported both candidates pledged to have construction of a new eastern Jefferson County bridge under way within four years.
Abramson, who serving his fifth term as Louisville mayor, is running for lieutenant governor on the Democratic ticket with Gov. Steve Beshear next year.
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