In Michigan
6:03 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Incumbent Detroit mayor advances to general election

DETROIT – Incumbent Dave Bing will move on to the Nov. 3 general election in his pursuit of a four-year term as Detroit mayor.

The professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and former businessman had more than 71 percent of the vote with 69 percent of Detroit's 629 precincts reporting in Tuesday's nonpartisan primary.

Jerroll Sanders had 12 percent of the vote, followed by Tom Barrow with 11.7 percent. The top two vote-getters will compete in November.

Bing has been mayor since May after defeating interim Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. in a runoff election to complete Kwame Kilpatrick's second term. Kilpatrick resigned last September as part of a plea deal in a text-messaging sex scandal that sent him to jail for 99 days.