Former Suns star Kevin Johnson wins Sacramento mayor race, becomes city's first black mayor

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- As the nation swept its first black president into office, Sacramento appeared to be doing the same in City Hall.

Former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson defeated two-term incumbent Heather Fargo in high-turnout voting last night.

Both are Democrats.

Johnson's victory affirmed the city's craving for something decidedly flashier and campaigned on putting Sacramento on the map.

During Fargo's tenure, she embraced slow and steady progress in California's capital city, where many workers are employed by state government.

In true celebrity style, the former Phoenix Suns point guard hosted a packed victory party at a posh Mexican restaurant in downtown Sacramento.

The 42-year-old Johnson is a Sacramento native.

He nearly cinched the election in June when he won 47 percent of the primary vote to Fargo's 40 percent.