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Calhoun outpaces Cleckler in runoff for probate judge

By J.R. Tidwell / Editor

The unofficial results are in for the Republican Primary runoff election held July 17.

The race for Chilton County probate judge proved to be extremely close, with Jason Calhoun edging Rex Cleckler 2,597 votes to 2,455, a difference of only 142 votes.

Calhoun received 51.41 percent of the vote to Cleckler’s 48.59.

This tally includes 19 of 20 precincts. The last remaining precinct involves any provisional ballots that will be tallied later this week.

Cleckler received the most votes in the June 5 Republican Primary, outpacing Calhoun 3,512 votes to 3,137. Neither candidate received enough votes to prevent a runoff during the Primary.

Seven other races were on the ballot in the runoff. Here are the numbers for here in Chilton County:

— Will Ainsworth over Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh 2,727 votes to 2.127 in the race for lieutenant governor.

— Steve Marshall over Troy King 3,211 votes to 1,651 in the race for attorney general.

— Ed Oliver over Terry D. Martin 395 votes to 247 for state representative District No. 81.

— Sarah Hicks Stewart over Brad Mendheim 2,372 votes to 2,043 in the race for associate justice of the state Supreme Court, Place No. 1.

— Christy Olinger Edwards over Michelle Manley Thomason 2,223 votes to 1,703 in the race for Court of Civil Appeals judge, Place No. 1.

— Chris McCool over Rich Anderson 2,091 votes to 1,859 in the race for Court of Criminal Appeals judge, Place No. 2.

— Rick Pate over Gerald Dial 2,770 votes to 1,893 in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.