Though the results of Tuesday’s elections may not be official until Nov. 9, it appears that there will be a run-off between Lee Coleman and Nebra Porter, candidates for the position of Circuit Court Judge-Place 3 for District 16.
The total number of votes from the unofficial results for Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee Counties, the counties that the new judge will represent, is 36,696 without write-ins. Coleman received a total of 14,456 votes while Porter received 11,748. Since neither candidate received 50 percent of the total votes plus one, there will be a run-off.
Coleman said he and his campaign will prepare for the run-off the same as they did for the first election. He wants to remind people that the election is not over and urges them to come back out on Nov. 23 to vote again.
Coleman said he’ll be pounding the pavement once again in all four counties, getting to know the people and asking for their support.
“I think the most effective method of campaigning and the one that I use more so than anything else (is) the old fashion door-to-door and I did quite a bit of that,” Coleman said. “We're going to design an advertising campaign, we're going to make calls and go talk to people face-to-face as much as we can, and we just have to hope that we'll be successful.”
Coleman thanks everyone who supports him and appreciates the hard work of his campaign. He said he was very happy about the results, and was impressed with Tuesday night’s turnout, despite the rain, which usually brings out only a few voters.
“I'd rather be ahead than anywhere else,” Coleman said. “We just went out and did what we knew that we should do, and we just let the results take care of themselves. We left no stone unturned, and the results were good for us.”
Porter said although she wasn't quite satisfied with the results, she's remaining positive about the results of the run-offs.
“I was a little disappointed, however, I'm up for the challenge,” Porter said. “I'm prepared for victory in the run-offs. Next time, I hope the results will be in my favor.”
Porter said she and her campaign are also going to continue to talk with voters in hopes of earning their support, and Porter said she will tell them why she is the best person for the job.
“My supporters are just awesome,” Porter said. “Everybody gave me 100 percent of their time and efforts, and I couldn't do it without my team. My team is an example of a true grassroots effort, and they all believe in me.”
In the race for Circuit Court Judge-Place 1 for District 16, there were 36,609 total votes without write-ins. James Kitchens received 61.17 percent of the votes, winning against his opponent Attorney William Starks.
In the race for Chancery Court Judge, District 14-2, Jim Davidson, who was running unopposed, received 99.71 percent of the 2089 total votes. For the position of Chancery Court Judge, District 14-3, Dorothy Colom, who also ran unopposed, received 99.27 percent of the vote.