VANCOUVER-- The Columbian newspaper has projected that first term mayor Tim Leavitt has won his re-election bid against city councilor Bill Turlay.

Leavitt led by 54 to 46 percent Wednesday morning. Turlay told the Columbian he has not conceded.

Politics not withstanding, the major differences between the candidates split along the Columbia River Crossing. Leavitt supported the current CRC project. While Turlay, a city councilor, opposed the CRC s light rail component and wants the federal government to foot 90 percent of the bill.

The mayoral election vote could be considered yet another referendum on the controversial bridge proposal.

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