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

November 24, 2009 8:51:00 PM

Jason Browne - [email protected]


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.