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 - jbrowne@cdispatch.com

 

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.