Runoff confirmed in Senate District 30 race

Published 5:24 pm Friday, June 13, 2014

After provisional ballots were submitted and counted this week from the June 3 Primary, the Alabama Republican Party confirmed there will be a runoff in the Alabama Senate District 30 race.

The race was too close to call after votes were counted on June 3 which resulted in provisional ballots having to be counted from the district covering all of Autauga and Coosa counties and portions of Elmore, Chilton and Tallapoosa counties.

Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin said on Friday that results from the provisional ballots for each county in District 30 had to be counted by noon Tuesday, and the Alabama Republican Party announced the results around noon Wednesday.

According to results published on the Alabama Republican Party website, Clyde Chambliss Jr. received 9,144 votes or 49.9 percent and Harris Garner received 5,862 votes or 31.99 percent.

Chambliss would have needed 50 percent to avoid a runoff.

Martin said Chilton County had eight provisional ballots but only counted seven.

“There was one provisional ballot for Chambliss,” Martin said. “We counted that one from the Verbena box. The rest of them were taken from the Clanton Facility Building which doesn’t cover the District 30 race.”

Martin said both Chambliss and Garner will appear on the July 15 Primary Runoff ballot.

Other candidates who will appear on the July 15 Primary Runoff ballot include:

Chilton County Revenue Commissioner:

•Tim Little

•Rex Cleckler


Public Service Commission:

•Terry Dunn

•Chris “Chip” Beeker


Alabama Secretary of State

•State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa

•Reese McKinney


State Auditor

•Jim Zeigler

•Dale Peterson


U.S. House District 6

•Paul DeMarco

•Gary Palmer