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.
|101 Asbury United Methodist Church, 1305 Troupe St.||350||24|
|102 Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Ave.||137||62|
|103 Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd.||27||264|
|104 Eastview Recreation Center, 644 Aiken Ave.||87||509|
|105 Second Mount Moriah Church, 1404 Brown St.||2||88|
|106 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.||91||47|
|107 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.||538||101|
|108 Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way||23||67|
|109 May Park, 708 Fourth St.||56||25|
|110 Peabody Apartments, 1452 Walton Way||30||30|
|111 Paine College, Gilbert Lambuth Chapel, 1235 Druid Park Ave.||105||58|
|112 St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.||153||51|
|113 May Park, 708 Fourth St.||58||101|