By Renee Johnson - email
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Everyone was expecting a close finish in the Ocean Springs mayor's race, and that's exactly what we got. Democrat incumbent Connie Moran edged out Republican Scott Walker by 97 votes. That total does not include 63 affidavit ballots, which will likely be counted Wednesday. But obviously that's not enough to change the outcome.
Although this was the first time for Scott Walker to run for political office, he's hardly new to politics. Walker worked for Senators Trent Lott and Roger Wicker, and has been considered by many political insiders to be "one to watch." He ran a well financed campaign that utilized everything from Facebook to old-fashioned door knocking.
Connie Moran's campaign was much more low key. She did not face a challenger in the Democratic primary, so the first half of the mayoral campaign focused on the competition between Republicans Walker and John McKay.
When asked what made the difference, Mayor Moran said she thought the voters just decided "the city of Ocean Springs could not be bought."
Moran told WLOX News Tuesday night that she is proud of the many projects that have started under her watch, including a new public safety center and a new sports complex, and that she's looking forward to "making Ocean Springs even more beautiful."