JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Wednesday morning’s count of the affidavit ballots in the District 51 Senate race puts Jeremy England beating out Wayne Lennep by 38 votes. But Lennep told WLOX News he’s not prepared to concede the race.
The count was completed just after noon, giving England 3,858 votes and Lennep 3,820.
“I am still in discussions with my advisers because we have heard from voters about problems with ballots at some precincts," said Lennep. "There may be more work to do, up to and including a possible request for a re-count. We are still reviewing information and our options. So it’s a problem apparently where we have the shared precincts, where both people inside of 51 and outside of 51 vote at the same place. Maybe some ballots getting mixed up, not sure.”
Election officials said there were 101 affidavit ballots counted Wednesday. Three ballots could not be verified because the voters did not have proper identification at the polls. Those three people would need to bring their IDs within the next five days in order to have their votes count.
But even with those three votes, England still has enough of a lead to take the District 51 seat. That seat was previously held by Michael Watson, who is running for Secretary of State.
England took to Facebook Wednesday afternoon after the affidavit ballots were counted, thanking his supporters and saying he is ready to get to work serving the district and the state. In his post, he said:
“I am humbled and proud to have the opportunity to serve as your next State Senator for District 51. I want you to know that I was present this morning as affidavit ballots were counted, as was a representative for my opponent, and our Jackson County Election Commission worked very hard to turn these results around so quickly. They worked together, and they were very efficient and precise in noting and documenting every single vote. I am extremely thankful for the job they do. I commend them all, and I commend our Circuit Clerk, Randy Todd Carney, and his staff as well, for their hard work. I have received several calls and texts from other state leaders and representatives today offering their congratulations to my team and me. Every one of them has mentioned the hard work put in by our campaign - and I let them know that I’m bringing that same work ethic with me to Jackson. This great community is made up of hard-working conservatives, and I am proud to have been chosen by the people to represent this District. I am ready to go to work for you!”