Election results certified

Published 8:45 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Probate Judge Wes Allen released the certified results of last week’s primary election after provisional ballots were counted Tuesday.
“Everything went well,” Allen said. “We just counted eight provisional ballots.”

Allen said there were no surprises in the counting of the provisional ballots, although the totals changed slightly from those reported on election night.

State Senator Jimmy Holley earned 1,407 (60.39 percent) votes in Pike County. His opponent, Garreth Moore received 923 (39.61 percent) votes locally.

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Gov. Robert Bentley (R) will face challenger Parker Griffith (D). Bentley were Pike County’s top choices, too. Griffith received 478 votes (62.4 percent) and Bentley received 2,154 (90.92 percent) votes. Statewide, they received 63.9 percent and 89.3 percent of the votes respectively.
Lt. Governor Kay Ivey (R) will be challenged by James Field who was uncontested in the Democratic primaries. Locally, Ivey received 1,728 (73.69 percent) votes. Statewide, Ivey had 61.7 percent of the Republican vote.
Attorney General Luther Strange (R) was uncontested in the primary. He will face Joe Hubbard, the uncontested Democrat.
Secretary of State candidates John Merrill (39.6 percent statewide) and Reese McKinney (38.4 percent) will advance to the runoff election. Pike County Republicans favored McKinney in the primary. He received 934 (42.55 percent) votes to Merrill’s 447 (20.36 percent).
If Pike’s results had determined who would advance to the runoffs, Jim Perdue would have replaced McKinney having received 814 (37.08 percent) votes. Perdue only received 22 percent of the vote, statewide. The winner of the runoff will face uncontested Democrat Lula Albert-Kaigler.
State Auditor candidates will also appear on the runoff ballot. Jim Zeigler (47.1 percent statewide) and Dale Peterson (24.3 percent statewide) advanced to the election. In Pike County, Zeigler was the popular choice with 982 (49.15 percent) votes. Adam Thompson was next in line with about half of Zeigler’s votes (491, 24.57 percent) and Peterson was third with 300 (15.02 percent) votes.
Commissioner John McMillan was uncontested in his Republican party. He will face Democrat Doug “New Blue” Smith.
None of the local races will have a run-off, but there will be something on the primary run-off ballot for both parties.
In addition to statewide elections on the Republican ballot, the State has proposed an amendment to the Constitution. The amendment covers the assessments allowed for cotton producers to support a program for promotion or marketing.
“The proposed amendment will appear on the Republican ballot. If they want to just vote on the amendment, there will be a separate ballot available,” Allen said.
Of the 21,000 registered Pike County voters, 3,209 showed up at the polls last week. With eight races on the ballot, Republican turnout (2,402 voters) was nearly three times that of the Democrat (807 voters).
City Councilwoman DeJerilyn Henderson commented on the turnout at the close of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “I was disgusted by the fact that people did not get out and go vote,” she said. “There are so many people who died, gave their lives for you to have the right to vote.”
The Registrar’s Office listed four dates voters should know for the primary runoffs. First, the runoffs will be held July 15. The voter registration deadline will be July 3. Also, the last day for voters to apply for an absentee ballot will be July 10 and the last day to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot will be July 14.