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Checking back in on the undocumented immigrant running for UNC student body president

UNC student Emilio Vicente addresses marchers during an event  Feb. 8 in Raleigh. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observervia AP)

Yesterday, we wrote about Emilio Vicente, a University of North Carolina student who was running for student body president. Vicente’s story drew national media attention, in large part because he was an undocumented immigrant who was quite open about that fact while campaigning.

The results of the runoff are in, and since a post mentioning an election must be followed by a post with the results of that election (that’s the Chekhov’s Blog trope), here they are: Vicente lost to Andrew Powell, the other candidate who made it through the initial election and into the runoff.

“I appreciate all of the support I’ve gotten,” Vicente said after the election, according to the Daily Tar Heel.

Vicente led all candidates during the first election last week before losing the runoff, which also happened last year. (Outgoing student body president Christy Lambden came in second during the first election but won the runoff, because this blog is going to make sure you are up to date on your UNC student politics.)

It’s unclear what, if any, role all of the stories about Vicente played in the outcome. During a debate this week, Vicente had to defend himself against accusations that he cared more about media attention than the issues.

We reached out to Vicente and haven’t heard back, but we will update this post if we hear from him.

Meanwhile, the UNC campus had already moved on from the election to the week’s other pressing matter — the upcoming Duke game.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.



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