Hotly contested judicial race is over, or maybe not

Hotly contested judicial race is over, or maybe not

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The certification process began with a discussion over which affidavit ballots could and could not be counted. The final numbers are tallied and entered into a computer and the results announced.

Neil Harris wins by 18 votes.

Representatives of the Paula Yancey campaign have questions though, and hint a challenge may be on the way. Amy St. Pe' is with that camp.

"If anything, we would like to see the 98 voters that their affidavit votes did not count, were tossed out," said St. Pe'. "We would like to see the basis and the reason why those 98 were tossed out. Given the percentage lead she had in Jackson County, that 98 could make a very big difference."

Representatives for Harris breathed a sigh of relief though. One of them is Scott Cumbest.

"I guess it's everyone's dream to win by a landslide, but we believe in the good old fashioned 50 percent plus one vote, and that's where we stand today," Cumbest explained.

If a challenge does come, election officials will be ready. Danny Glaskox is an election commissioner.

"We're very pleased with our process, because we're open. We want everybody to know that we're transparent. We have nothing to hide. We're going to make sure these results are the actual results as the voter voted," Glaskox explained.

While we still don't know if this closely fought judge's race between Harris and Yancey is over and a challenge could be forthcoming, we do know one thing.

The importance that one vote can make in a race that's so tight.

"Every vote counts. We've had elections in Jackson County that ended up in a tie. Elections by supervisors that won by one vote. So my old saying is, if you don't vote, don't complain rings true here," Jackson County Circuit Clerk Joe Martin said.

If the Yancey campaign does challenge the election, the deadline to file that challenge is 12 days from Thursday.

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