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Hemphill wins Justice Court seat by four votes; fewer than 6 percent of voters cast ballot

 

Jason Browne

 

The race for Lowndes County District 1 Justice Court Judge was decided 

 


by four-tenths of a percentage point Tuesday night. 

 


Interim Justice Court Judge Chris Hemphill defeated former Justice 

 


Court Judge Ron C. Cooke 430-426, or 50.2 percent-49.8 percent. 

 


Hemphill won despite winning just two of seven voting precincts and a 

 


majority of absentee ballots. With all boxes counted, Cooke held a 

 


nine-vote lead before the absentees were counted. 

 


Hemphill''s biggest victory came in Caledonia, where he received 57 

 


percent of 326 votes, the largest turnout for any precinct. Of a total 

 


14,001 eligible voters in the seven precincts, just 5.79 percent, or 

 


811, voters participated in Tuesday''s runoff election.

 

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment tiredoftheBS commented at 11/25/2009 12:16:00 PM:

Why even vote for these people? They are going to do what they want to do that will mostly benefit them and could care less what their constituents think or need.

Take the last presidential election .. I'm going to do this and not going to do this and after all that it's business as usual. To hell with the voters.

 

Article Comment melody commented at 11/26/2009 4:00:00 PM:

Aren't you being a little prejudice there? Lots of people didn't know about the election. Bet you voted for the change you could believe in a year ago so we have a usurper in the white house now.

 

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