It's just days before the election, and Lee Teague is busy -- busy answering phones, busy trying to get Republicans into office.
One of those candidates, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, is in a hotly contested race for governor. If he wins, it would leave Charlotte with a major vacancy.
“Since the race is so close, we don't have time to think about it,” Teague said.
Teague likens a McCrory move to Raleigh to a promotion, but admits, “I think that's a tough position for all the people in Charlotte.”
If McCrory becomes governor, he has to be replaced by a Republican. Ultimately, it's the Charlotte City Council that determines who will fill the mayor's office -- a city council with a majority of Democrats.
Susan Burgess, the Mayor Pro Tem, is one of five Democrats on the council, all of who, she said, are backing fellow Democrat Bev Perdue next Tuesday.
“We're hoping we keep our mayor right here in Charlotte,” Burgess said.
But in the event McCrory does win, and a new Republican mayor needs to be named, she hopes the rules will be followed.
“The tradition in the past is that the person who is appointed pledges not to run in the next election, because they would have an unfair advantage as an incumbent,” Burgess said.
Voters waiting in line to cast an early ballot this week had mixed feelings about a change at the top of Charlotte.
“He's done a lot of things for the Charlotte community. (But) there's also some other candidates who are just as qualified, and sometimes change is good,” said voter Rooster Shaw.
“I think it’d be a good step for him to move up to Raleigh,” said voter Jessica Heath. “But I think if you have a good thing going in Charlotte, you should keep the same person around for a while.”
Neither Democrat nor Republican officials wanted to give specifics names should a replacement mayor be needed, but both insisted there are qualified candidates in Charlotte to take McCrory's spot, whenever that may be.