Durham mayoral candidate Javiera Caballero who finished 2nd in primary election suspends campaign

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- One of the top vote getters in the Durham mayoral primary is dropping out of the race.

Javiera Caballero finished second in the Oct. 5 primary. She received 25 percent of the vote, behind Elaine O'Neal who received 68 percent.

There were seven candidates on the ballot and, in accordance to Durham election rules, O'Neal and Caballero advanced to the November general election.

But Monday, Caballero announced that she was withdrawing from the race.

"I congratulate Judge O'Neal on her strong performance in the primary election. I know that we share many values. She has a long record of service to the community. It is my hope and expectation that she and I will work as partners to move our city forward," Caballero said in a statement.

Click here to read Caballero's full statement.

Despite suspending her campaign, Caballero's name will still appear on the general election ballot Nov. 2.

O'Neal issued the following statement in response:

"Durham, I am humbled and honored by your vote during the Primary Election. Uniting Durham is my number one priority! If elected Mayor, I will prioritize housing, safety, and economic advancement for our underrepresented communities. It is time we ensure that we have a Durham for Everyone - a Durham with safe neighborhoods, stable housing, and great jobs."
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