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Cherelle Parker doesn't speak after Democratic mayoral victory due to dental emergency

Two former council members are facing each other to become Philadelphia's 100th mayor
Two former council members are facing each other to become Philadelphia's 100th mayor 02:26

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- After winning the Philadelphia Democratic primary for mayor, Cherelle Parker didn't speak Tuesday night due to an emergency, a member of her campaign said.

Parker's campaign said she didn't speak following the winning results because she was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she received treatment for "a dental issue that required immediate medical attention."

Parker then left the hospital Tuesday night, according to the statement.

"Cherelle is resting at home and grateful for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers she received," a statement from her campaign said. "She hopes to be back out talking to Philadelphians and with press availability in the very near future."

The Associated Press called the race for Parker as she led by thousands of votes. Into Wednesday afternoon, with 89% of the votes counted, Parker had a more than 20,000-vote lead over second-place former City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart.

"I'm so incredibly honored to have earned the Democratic nomination tonight," Parker wrote in a tweet. "It's been a long road, and to see the tireless work of my campaign team, supporters, and family pay off is humbling. I'm looking forward to November and bringing our city together as its 100th mayor."

Rhynhart sits in second place. She conceded at her campaign event following the news. 

Helen Gym is currently in third, while Allan Domb and Jeff Brown are in fourth and fifth. 

Before her time in city council, Parker served the 200th District as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 2005 to 2015.

Parker said she will crack down on drug sales in Kensington but came out against a proposed safe injection site in a long Twitter thread after a forum on gun violence. She also wrote she would like to update the Philadelphia Police Department's forensics capabilities and increase the number of body-worn cameras.

Parker started her work in public service in high school when she interned for former City councilmember Marian B. Tasco in a variety of roles.

Parker was endorsed by several political figures in the city, including Congressman Dwight Evans, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, state Sen. Sharif Street and state Sen. Art Haywood, among others. Kenney also voted for Parker in the primary.

Parker was also endorsed by a number of labor unions and advocacy organizations, including IBEW Local 98 and the Building Trades Council.    

Lauren Cristella talks Philadelphia primary election results; AP projects Cherelle Parker as winner 01:21
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