Rob Bobo has been declared the Democratic primary winner in the West Point mayoral race after 19 outstanding absentee and affidavit votes were added to the totals Wednesday.
The Democratic Municipal Executive Committee certified the election results following the April 6 election.
After election night, Bobo held a 90-vote margin over his main challenger, Cole Bryan. The main question was whether the outstanding votes would necessitate a runoff between the two. Bobo had the required 50-percent plus one share of the total by a small margin.
After the 19 additional votes were added to the tally, City Clerk Eddie Longstreet confirmed Bobo as the primary winner.
“There won’t be a runoff,” Longstreet said Wednesday. “Now it’s on to the general election on June 8.”
When the final count was announced, Bobo had 1,604 votes (50.5 percent) to Bryan’s 1,503. A third candidate, Tammy Parkerson, finished with 68 votes.
Bobo now advances to the general election where we will meet independent Homer Ryland Jr. and Jennifer Harper of the Constitution Party. If Bobo or Ryland is elected, West Point will have its first Black mayor in the city’s 163-year history.
In Starkville, the Republican Municipal Executive Committee on Tuesday certified a two-vote win for Kevin Daniels in the Ward 4 alderman primary. Two approved affidavit votes last week gave Daniels a 94-92 advantage over Austin Check after the two candidates were deadlocked on election day.
City Clerk Lesa Hardin said no additional mail-in absentee ballots for that race were returned by Tuesday’s deadline.
Daniels will face Democrat Mike Brooks in the general election.