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UNC students vote in nationally watched campus race

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

Students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill will once again vote to elect a student body president.

Students voted last week, resulting in a runoff between two candidates, Andrew Poweel and Emilio Vicente.

Vicente, who's lived in North Carolina since he was six years old, says he is the first openly gay and undocumented immigrant to run for the office.

Despite growing up in North Carolina, Vicente is listed as an international student, therefore paying a higher tuition cost.

"Win or lose, I hope this continues to drive the conversation of there needs to be reform in the immigration system," Vicente told WNCN last week. "We need to fix the immigration system."

The campus election has even grabbed the attention of actress Eva Longoria.

In January, Longoria tweeted, "Tar Heels! Make history & Vote @emilio4SBP ur 1st Latino, gay & undocumented Student Body President. He'll be a great leader! #Carolina4all."

Powell told WNCN last week, "It's been fun to be a part of this race since there has been so much attention, people have been paying a lot of attention. It's brought an opportunity for me to talk about issues that I really care about."

Results for the election are expected Tuesday night.

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