Republicans appear to have had a banner election day in Pike County.
James Brumfield unseatd first-term Democratic Sheriff Kenny Cotton, while Chancery Clerk Becky Buie, Circuit Clerk Roger Graves and Tax Assessor Laurie Allen won re-election, and Wally Jones was elected coroner.
Additionally, Robert Accardo won the 3rd District supervisor’s seat and Lee Fortenberry was elected District 5 supervisor, giving the GOP a 3-2 majority on the board when it takes office in January.
And the GOP’s Fulton Brewer defeated independent incumbent North District Justice Court Judge Bryan Harbour.
That’s according to unofficial and uncertified ballot results available late Tuesday night.
With all precinct reporting, plus absentee and curbside ballots, the leaders held advantages that were mathematically impossible to beat. About 30 to 40 affidavit votes were left to be counted, election officials said.
Brumfield unseated Cotton in an extremely tight race, taking 6,505 (51%) votes to Cotton’s 6,245 (49%).
The coroner’s race proved to be just as close, with Jones defeating Taylor 6,559 (52%) to 6,078 (48%).
In the District 3 supervisor’s race Accardo held a wide margin over Democrat Etta Bateaste Taplin, winning 1,650 (62%) to 996 (38%).
Fortenberry won the District 5 seat 1,594 (58%) to Democrat Eddie Simmons’ 1,149 (42%).
Brewer defeated Harbour 2,728 (60%) to 1,790 (40%).
Ballot counting in Pike County was delayed Tuesday night,with ballot returns slowly dragging in before being held up by a glitch involving a memory card in a single voting machine at the New Hope Baptist Church precinct.