Results show Larry Bird's brother narrowly losing election

Published Nov. 3, 2015 10:17 p.m. EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) It looks like the mayor of Terre Haute will hold onto his job with a narrow victory over the older brother of Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird, if unofficial results stand.

Unofficial results from the Vigo County clerk's office with all precincts reporting show Republican Mayor Duke Bennett with 52 percent of the vote, compared with 48 percent for Democratic Vigo County Councilman Mark Bird. Election officials still must certify the results for them to be official.

The victory would give Bennett a third term as mayor.

The candidates clashed during the campaign over Bennett's financial leadership of the city that faces a multimillion-dollar general fund deficit.