Brian Prince and Diane Evans in runoff for House District 127 seat

Richmond County sees low voter turnout

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Retired Army lieutenant colonel Brian Prince and retired educator Diane Evans are heading to a runoff for the Georgia House District 127 seat.

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Emma Burroughs of Augusta votes at the First Baptist polling station on Tuesday. Only 13.11 percent of 16,442 registered voters in Richmond County cast ballots.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Emma Burroughs of Augusta votes at the First Baptist polling station on Tuesday. Only 13.11 percent of 16,442 registered voters in Richmond County cast ballots.

Prince won 44.61 percent of the votes and Evans 29.57 percent. Dianne Murphy, the widow of Rep. Quincy Murphy (D-Augusta) who died in August leaving the state House seat open, narrowly missed the runoff with 25.83 percent of votes.

Prince said he would continue to campaign heavily in the weeks leading up to the runoff election on Dec. 3.

“We’re still confident,” Prince said late Tuesday from his election night headquarters at the Holiday Inn on Gordon Highway. “I’m thinking we’re gonna be OK.”

Evans, a pastor at a Baptist Church in Sylvania, said she was going to meet with her campaign team to craft a strategy to come out even stronger in the runoff.

“I do have really strong hopes we are going to pull this off and be the winner,” she said. “We want to be victorious and we’re going to work very, very hard to do that.”

House District 127 includes Louisville, Wrens, Stapleton and Avera in Jefferson County, and Blythe, Fort Gordon and parts of west and southwest Augusta in Richmond County.

Prince led in Richmond County, winning all but one of its nine precincts voting in the special election. He totaled 1,226 votes with Murphy winning 739. Evans had 146 votes.

Evans, of Avera, Ga., had a strong showing in Jefferson County. She won 827 votes to Prince’s 242 votes and Murphy’s 111. Evans was the only candidate from Jefferson County.

Murphy, a family service facilitator at Jenkins-White Elementary, did not return numerous phone calls seeking comment Tuesday.

Turnout for the special election was low, with just 13.11 percent of the Richmond County’s 16,442 registered voters casting ballots.

Turnout in Jefferson County was not available.

Prince, 49, said his fundraising helped him in Tuesday’s race. He outraised his competitors, collecting $34,936 in the five weeks since qualifying began for the seat. Murphy raised $7,768 and Evans $7,310.

“I have a lot of friends in low places that contributed what they could,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

BLYTHE MAYOR

Turnout: 47.47 percent

Brent Weir 56.15 percent; 105 votes

Pat Cole (incumbent) 43.85 percent; 82 votes

BLYTHE CITY COUNCIL

Turnout: 47.47 percent

Jacqueline Bartlett 7.19 percent; 23 votes

William Dixon 15.31 percent; 49 votes

Cindy Parham (incumbent) 33.75 percent; 108 votes

Daisy Price 24.38 percent; 78 votes

Marie Stewart 19.06 percent; 61 votes

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southern2
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southern2 11/06/13 - 09:14 am
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Surprising results! Thought

Surprising results! Thought the seat would have gone to the widow of the current seat holder in a display of public sympathy as is normally the case.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/06/13 - 10:38 am
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Good work Colonel...

I am happy to see such a qualified person make the runoff as the front runner.

I look forward to more vets getting into politics, which always happens after a war, and then we see common sense return to some of the giverment.

Brad

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Riverman1 11/06/13 - 05:53 pm
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Run-off Usual Pattern

I've been supportive of Prince, too. Let's hope the run-off breaks the usual pattern of the runner-up winning.

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