Davis wins mayor's race with 75 percent of vote

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 10:32 PM
Last updated Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:04 AM
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Augusta’s new mayor in January will be Sen. Hardie Davis.

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Hardie Davis Jr. (center), with son Benjamin wife Evett, gives a speech thanking his supporters during an election night party at Enterprise Mill.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Hardie Davis Jr. (center), with son Benjamin wife Evett, gives a speech thanking his supporters during an election night party at Enterprise Mill.

Augusta Mayor
69 of 69 precincts

Charles Cummings: 2%, 467 votes
Hardie Davis: 75%, 20,619 votes
Alvin Mason: 19%, 5,188 votes
Lori Myles: 4%, 1,201 votes

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Commissioner Alvin Mason conceded the election in a 9:30 p.m. phone call to Davis. Mason was lagging badly behind in second place to Davis, who had nearly 75 percent of the vote although only 17 percent of votes had been tallied.

Shortly before Davis acknowledged Mason had conceded, Davis said members of his team had examined individual vote totals from several of Augusta’s 69 voting precincts, particularly the major ones, and knew the results favored him.

“It’s over tonight,” he said.

Davis becomes Augusta’s first black mayor since consolidation and first black mayor since Ed McIntyre’s election in 1981. He succeeds term-limited Deke Copenhaver.

After Mason conceded, Davis said he’d become friends with Mason during the campaign.

“He was very gracious to me,” Davis said. “After we both get some rest, I’m looking forward to us both sitting down and talking again.”

In remarks to supporters, Mason congratulated Davis for the win.

When final results were posted by Richmond County Board of Elections, Davis had roundly defeated his three opponents, garnering 74.58 percent, or 20,577, of 26,765 ballots cast in the race. Mason finished with 5,182 or 18.78 percent, language arts teacher Lori Myles had 1,200 votes or 4.35 percent and retired businessman Charles Cummings received 436, or 1.69 percent.

Not counted were any advance votes cast for Helen Blocker-Adams, who withdrew from the election Monday after details surfaced about her owing thousands to three South Carolina creditors, and being served more than 40 eviction or dispossessory notices over the last eight years.

Davis supporter Otis Walker said Davis “is good for Augusta. He’s honest; he’s trustworthy and he does what he says. He’s the best man for the job.”

Former Sen. J.B. Powell, who appeared at Davis’ election night celebration at Enterprise Mill, said Davis wasn’t just good for south Augusta: “He’s good for Augusta; all facets of the community.”

At Mason’s event, held at the Boathouse, Samuel Walker said Mason “is the one who’s been calling out what’s been done wrong. He’s the only one who knows how to do right.”

One voter said she found it tough making a choice among the candidates, who were all black. Lyn Cobbett, who is black, said all of them had some good qualities. “I think it’s kind of nasty and bad,” said Cobbett, who brought a family member to vote at May Park on Tuesday. “Several of them are worthy, and it pits you against the others.”

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Just The Truth
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Just The Truth 05/20/14 - 09:40 pm
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Good day for Augusta

Congratulations Mayor Davis, we will be praying for your success.

Gabulldogs987654321
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Gabulldogs987654321 05/20/14 - 09:57 pm
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Thank you thank you

Thank you thank you

gargoyle
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gargoyle 05/20/14 - 09:58 pm
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Congratulations Mayor Davis.

Congratulations Mayor Davis. Best wishes moving Augusta forward.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 05/20/14 - 11:53 pm
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Congratulations to our new

Congratulations to our new Mayor, Hardie Davis!

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 05/21/14 - 04:36 am
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Congratulations

Congratulations to Mayor Elect Hardie Davis. I do not live in Richmond County, but I would have voted for him. I hope he will do a good job for all the citizens of A/RC. You can not think CSRA, and not think Augusta. We are all dependent on each other.

catfish20
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catfish20 05/21/14 - 05:20 am
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Mayor Davis will represent

Mayor Davis will represent Augusta well. Congratulations Hardie and congratulations Augusta.

nanscc@bellsouth.net
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nanscc@bellsouth.net 05/21/14 - 05:46 am
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Congratulations! To our new

Congratulations! To our new mayor, we belief you will turn the corner to do the City's business for all the people...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/21/14 - 05:57 am
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Former Sen. J.B. Powell

"Former Sen. J.B. Powell, who appeared at Davis’ election night celebration at Enterprise Mill, said Davis wasn’t just good for south Augusta: “He’s good for Augusta; all facets of the community.”

It brings a smile to many when we see JB in the news.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/21/14 - 06:14 am
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Wrong On Both Accounts

"Davis becomes Augusta’s first black mayor since consolidation and first black mayor since Ed McIntyre’s election in 1981."

Willie Mays?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 05/21/14 - 06:28 am
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" "Davis becomes Augusta’s

"
"Davis becomes Augusta’s first black mayor since consolidation and first black mayor since Ed McIntyre’s election in 1981."

"Willie Mays?"
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I think this means Davis is the first black "ELECTED" mayor. Mays served as interim and lost the run-off. Remember HBA threw her support behind Deke in that run-off. My how things change.

Congratulations, Mayor-elect, Davis!

soitgoes
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soitgoes 05/21/14 - 06:46 am
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Congrats, Hardie.

Now don't forget who you are, where you came from, how you got there and who your friends are.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/21/14 - 07:02 am
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TruthMatters, yes, I

TruthMatters, yes, I understand about the "elected" part, but I carefully read the line and that's why I quoted it. "Elected" was not stated. Willie Mays deserves a correction. His name is included in any list of Augusta mayors that I've seen.

dsterling9
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dsterling9 05/21/14 - 07:03 am
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WE'LL SEE

Congratulations on garnering the needed votes now we'll see whether his experience and vision help ALL of ARC. Glad to hear the SPLOST failed. Now is the time to rework the package and drop all the non-profits and other disqualified entities from the package.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/21/14 - 07:45 am
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get to work

Now let's get busy and get to work and make Augusta what it is meant to be! :0)

countyman
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countyman 05/21/14 - 10:02 am
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Congrats!!!

The people of Richmond County have spoken loud and clear...

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/21/14 - 10:19 am
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Congrats on Augusta's new

Congrats on Augusta's new mayor- with his experience as a Senator he should really be a good one. I think he will be much more prepared in dealing with the commissioners and perhaps really consolidate Augusta. He was a pastor too so he can give the commissioner a good preachin' teachin' lesson. LOL.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 05/21/14 - 10:19 am
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Rigged Elections

Just because its "Augusta", doesn't mean that votes cannot be rigged....I find it hard to believe that Deke and Davis garnered that many votes during their campaigns...

There are big changes coming to Augusta..."they" know it...

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 05/21/14 - 10:22 am
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I would rather he be more

I would rather he be more concerned with saving souls than being a "Minister Mayor".

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/21/14 - 10:55 am
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International are you

International are you accusing the major political machine in Richmond County the Democratic party is guilty of voter fraud?

triscuit
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triscuit 05/21/14 - 11:08 am
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"...and he does what he

"...and he does what he says."

And he will do as he's told...that's what they are counting on.

Butterman
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Butterman 05/21/14 - 11:49 am
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Improvement
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Hardie was not my choice, but he will be an improvement over Deke. It can't get any worse.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 05/21/14 - 12:53 pm
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Vote count

Lori Myles 4%. Now that's funny, I don't care who you are. Guess the hair, nails and makeup just didn't make it for her. Congrats Hardie!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 05/21/14 - 12:53 pm
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Vote count

Lori Myles 4%. Now that's funny, I don't care who you are. Guess the hair, nails and makeup just didn't make it for her. Congrats Hardie!

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