Openly Gay Candidate Craig Lowe Wins Gainesville Mayoral Election by 35 Votes, Triggering Automatic Recount

Craig Lowe has beaten opponent Don Marsh in the Gainesville, Florida run-off mayoral election, by a tiny margin of 35 votes. The close vote forces an automatic recount:

Craiglowe"The race of mayor was close through the entire evening but got closer and closer as the final precincts came in. In the end, Lowe received 6,098 votes to Marsh's 6,063. Since the margin of victory was less than a half of a percent, the recount is mandatory. The canvassing committee was meeting later Tuesday night to decide when the recount would occur."

Lowe was the target of ugly anti-gay attacks during the campaign.

If elected, he'll be one of 71 gay mayors nationwide, according to the Gainesville Sun.

Here's the Sun's live blog of the evening.