Pike County voters make their voices heard at the polls

Published 9:35 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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If Pike County voters had their way, Joe Biden would be the Democratic nominee for President.

With 26 of 35 precincts reporting on Tuesday night, Biden had a clear lead with more than 68 percent of the vote from Pike County residents. Far behind in second was Bernie Sanders at under 17 percent. Only Michael Bloomberg cracked the 5 percent mark out of a myriad of other candidates on the ballot.

On the Republican ballot, the races for US Senate and Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District stood out.

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Pike County residents voted mostly for Jeff Sessions, who had a strong 37 percent of the vote. Tommy Tubberville came in just behind with 30 percent of votes. Bradley Byrne gained 21 percent of votes and Roy Moore rounded out the race with about 11 percent of votes.

The other three candidates combined for less than 3 percent of the votes cast.

The closest race in Pike County was between the two runners up in the race for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.

Jeff Coleman led the pack with almost 42 percent of the vote. But it was a close three-way race for second place. Troy King came in just in second place with more than 18 percent of the vote and Jessica Taylor was close behind with about 17 percent. Barry Moore was also in the running with 16 percent.

No other candidate received more than 6 percent of Pike County votes.

In the Democratic race for the same seat, Phyllis Harvey-Hall came out on top with 61 percent of the vote compared to Nathan Mathis’ 39 percent.

The majority of Pike Countians voted no on the amendment deciding whether to transition the Alabama State Board of Education from an elected board to appointed commission. Across all voters, 70 percent voted against the amendment while 30 percent voted in favor.

These results do not reflect the winning results, however. Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District is decided by multiple counties and the Senate race will be a statewide vote.

Full coverage of the election is online at www.troymessenger.com.