Mayor Wellington Webb was reelected to a second term Tuesday, defeating a city councilwoman after a bruising campaign marked by racial divisiveness and allegations of political cronyism.
Webb won, 54% to 46%, against Mary DeGroot, according to the Denver Election Commission.
Political observers had said Webb's chances of winning hinged on voter turnout in heavily black and Latino areas. DeGroot was criticized for calling for a crackdown on gang members and curbs on the city's affirmative action program. DeGroot was counting on a big turnout in mainly white south Denver to beat Webb, who is black.