Published: Nov 04, 2010 5:05 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 04, 2010 2:05 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - While many people anxiously waited for the results on Election Day, a city council candidate in the Florida Panhandle decided to spend some time with her ailing dog.

Sherri Myers didn't know she had narrowly defeated Courtney Peterson in Pensacola's District 2 race until Wednesday morning. She had turned off her cell phone and missed calls Tuesday from the Pensacola News Journal seeking comment about her victory.

Myers says she didn't think she had any chance of winning, so she took her dog to Alabama for a day trip. The dog has throat cancer and is not expected to live much longer.

Myers is a 68-year-old attorney.