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Buttigieg, a former chief of staff wins the election to replace him as mayor

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the former chief of staff won an election on Tuesday to be his successor as mayor of South Bend, Ind.

James Mueller, a Democrat, was a high school classmate of Buttigieg and, later, his top assistant, as mayor, defeated Republican Sean Haas, in the competition, the reports according to local media.

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James Mueller, a Democrat, was a high school classmate of Pete Buttigieg and, later, his top assistant, as mayor, defeated Republican Sean Haas in the South Bend mayoral race. (Official portrait)

“Congratulations to James, @MuellerforMayor and all of the South Bend Common Council members elected tonight!” Buttigieg tweeted. “There are great opportunities for further progress and inclusive growth in our hometown.”

Buttigieg, as he prepared to give the Democratic presidential primary last year, announced that he would not be a third term as mayor.

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Buttigieg endorsed Miller in the race, and his campaign had tweeted a photo of him in a vote earlier Tuesday.

The South Bend Tribune reported that the race was considered a referendum on Buttigieg. The Republicans have not won the seat since 1967.

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