DETROIT -

Many of Benny Napoleon's optimistic supporters already call him Detroit mayor.

But Napoleon is trying to pull off what would be one of the biggest upsets in Detroit election history.

"My gut tells me we're fine. My gut tells me we're going to be victorious. God is shining on us. It's gonna be a great day," he said on Tuesday.

As he has during his entire campaign, Napoleon stressed his crime fighting talents while doing some last-minute campaigning. He is the Wayne County Sheriff and the former Detroit police chief. The city cannot come back, he says, until violent crime is controlled.

"Late last night a close friend of mine had a brother who was murdered and another friend of mine buried his brother yesterday," said Napoleon.

Napoleon also has stressed his Detroit roots as a Cass Tech High School grad who has served on the police beat and in elective office for nearly 40 years.

"I just believe that at the end of the day the citizens in this city are going to elect a mayor that they know and that they trust, and that's me," he said.

He voted Tuesday morning at the Charles Drew Transition Center on Wyoming. His daughter and grandson joined him.

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Napoleon leads in major endorsements but trails in fundraising.

"We are at a defining moment and the leadership that is elected today will determine the course of this city for many, many decades to come," he said.