Aitken tops in District 1 runoff

With all precincts counted in today's runoff voting, Matt Aitken has defeated William Fennoy in the District 1 race for Augusta City Commission.

With all precincts counted, Mr. Aitken had 1,657 votes to Mr. Fennoy's 1,427.

Mr. Fennoy told supporters tonight he was proud of the race he ran, but added, "The people have spoken."

As in the general election, when Mr. Aitken surpassed expectations, turnout was once again the key. In the two largest white precincts, 101 and 107, voter turnout was 35 percent and 39 percent, respectively. In the two largest black precincts, 103 and 104, turnout was 22 and 23 percent, respectively.

Precinct 107 (Julian Smith Casino) provided the cushion that Mr. Aitken needed to pull what has to be considered a monumental upset in a district where black registered voters outnumber their white counterparts 2 to 1. In the general election, Mr. Aitken won the precinct by a net difference of 268 votes against Mr. Fennoy. Tonight, he increased the margin by 169 votes.

Mr. Aitken won the election by 230 votes, though the totals still have to be certified.

He also won seven precincts in the runoff, one more than his total in the general election on Nov. 3.

POLLING PLACE AitkenFennoy
101 Asbury United Methodist Church, 1305 Troupe St.35024
102 Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Ave.13762
103 Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd.27264
104 Eastview Recreation Center, 644 Aiken Ave.87509
105 Second Mount Moriah Church, 1404 Brown St.288
106 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St. 9147
107 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St. 538101
108 Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way2367
109 May Park, 708 Fourth St. 5625
110 Peabody Apartments, 1452 Walton Way3030
111 Paine College, Gilbert Lambuth Chapel, 1235 Druid Park Ave.10558
112 St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.15351
113 May Park, 708 Fourth St. 58101
TOTALS16571427

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