Kellie Kenner McIntyre won the runoff for a Richmond County State Court judgeship Tuesday, handily defeating opponent Robert “Bo” Hunter.
With 70 of 70 precincts reporting, the current Richmond County State Court solicitor received 8,596 votes compared to 6,554 for Hunter, an attorney and former solicitor.
McIntyre attributed her success to faith in God when commenting about the election result. Hunter could not be reached for comment.
Turnout was expected to be light, Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey said, and was. Only 16.09 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.
McIntyre will replace Judge John Flythe who won the May 24 election to replace retiring Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet.
Both McIntyre and Flythe will begin their new jobs after their terms begin on Jan. 3.
Asked what she wanted to do first in the new job, McIntyre said she plans to get acclimated to the position and learn from and work with the other judges.
In the May election, Hunter was the top vote-getter with 37 percent, compared to McIntyer’s 33 percent and attorney Monique Walker’s 30 percent.
On Tuesday, McIntyre received 57 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Hunter.
Richmond County has had several county-wide runoff elections in which the turnout was light during the past decade, according to Board of Elections records.
In July 2014, Harold Jones beat Corey Johnson to take Senate District 22 with just under 12 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot.
In August 2012, Richard Roundtree beat Scott Peebles in a runoff election for sheriff in which just under 26 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot.
And in December 2006, Judge J. David Roper won the runoff election against Bill Williams to capture the Superior Court judgeship of Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr. In that election, 18 percent of eligible Richmond County voters cast a ballot. Voters in Columbia and Burke counties also cast votes.
Roper announced he will retire next year. The governor is expected to appoint his replacement to fill the remainder of his term which expires in 2018.