Voter turnout ‘outstanding’

Published 11:32 pm Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Debra Frazier, left, from the Pike County Sheriffs Office, and Melissa Ingram, from the Pike County Board of Registrars, check in precent boxes at the Pike County Courthouse. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Ideal weather and contested races helped drive an “outstanding” voter turnout in Pike County on Tuesday, said Probate Judge Wes Allen.

Nearly 56 percent of the registered voters came to the polls, casting ballots for more than two dozen offices on a statewide and local level.

“It was a good day,” Allen said. “I want to thank the poll workers and all the election officials for their help.”

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He added his thanks to the Board of Registrars, and said that the provisional votes would be canvassed in about a week, explaining that all results released Tuesday were unofficial until the results are certified.

In Pike County, voters were decisive in their ballots. Of the 9,752 total ballots case, 2,644 were straight party Democratic ticket; 1,939 were straight party Republican, according to the unofficial summary report.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Bentley defeated Democratic challenger Ron Sparks, 4,997 to 4,661and Jim Folsom Jr., the Democrat, defeated GOP challenger Kay Ivey for the lieutenant governor seat, 5,015 to 4,632.

Although the 2nd Congressional District race was too close to call at presstime, voters in Pike County cast their ballots in favor of Democratic incumbent Bobby Bright over GOP challenger Martha Roby, 5,097 to 4,517. And even though state Sen. Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne, lost his district to GOP challenger Bryan Taylor by a sizeable margin, the difference was less than 1 percent in Pike County, where Taylor earned 50.06 percent of the votes and Mitchell, 49.87 percent.

Joel Lee Williams, the hometown candidate for 12th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge, carried Pike County, 51.21 percent to Republican Shannon Clark’s 48.77 percent. It was not enough, however, for him to win the seat, as Clark carried Enterprise.

Like the remainder of the state, Pike County defeated all four amendments on the ballot.

For more detail on the Pike County results, see