CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley called himself "the comeback kid" after winning re-election Tuesday to lead the city for another four years.
Cranley defeated Yvette Simpson, who took the lead in May's primary election, with 54 percent of the vote over her 46 percent.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters, Cranley said he was humbled by Simpson's primary win.
"This comeback city has made me the comeback kid," he said in an early victory speech. The mayor referenced Cincinnati's recent bid for Amazon as another point of revival in the city.
"Whether we win that or not, we've won back our own hearts. We believe in ourselves again. And it is an unbelievable honor and privilege to serve as mayor of the city I grew up in and my wife grew up in," he said.
Voters elected six incumbents and three new faces to Cincinnati City Council.
Simpson called Cranley to concede just after 10:45 p.m.
The former council member said she plans to take a break and pray as she decides what she'll do next.
"Let me say that without question we were absolutely humbled by the primary. And we want to congratulate again council member Simpson on her victory in the primary and on her public service… and for her spirited campaign – we wish her nothing but the best," Cranley said.
Simspon told supporters she was proud of her campaign and said Cranley's high fundraising numbers contributed to his win.