Daytona Beach voters appeared to choose Yvonne Scarlett-Golden over Mike Shallow in a mayoral election Tuesday.
With all but provisional and flawed ballots counted, Scarlett-Golden led, 51.7 to 49.3 percent.
Scarlett-Golden, 77, a city commissioner, would be the city's first black mayor. Big businesses, including developers of several beachside projects, provided much of her campaign backing.
Shallow, 53, a real estate broker, vowed to make sponsors of Daytona Beach's special events pay their way. He had the support of many beachside residents weary of traffic problems, motorcycle noise during Bike Week and drunken college students.