Houston Newsmakers with mayor-elect Sylvester Turner

HOUSTON – Mayor-elect Sylvester Turner sits down with Khambrel Marshall on this first live "Houston Newsmakers" program.

Turner said he expected a close race with his opponent, Bill King, and that what appeared to be negative campaigning was just hard political fighting.

He said he will work hard to bring all sides together to solve Houston’s most pressing problems.

When asked how he would persuade the 49 percent of the voters who cast ballots against him, he said his track record is that of inclusion and that would be the key.

To analyze the intricacies of the Houston mayor’s race and the others on the ballot are Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute; Gary Polland, former chair of the Harris County Republican Party; and Houston City Council member Dwight Boykins.

What follows is a lively discussion about what made the mayor’s race so close, what tipped the win to Turner and much more.