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McGehee, Moak face chancery runoff

On the day after the primary election, several candidates began the task of collecting their campaign signs — some jubilantly, others not so much.

However, some candidates will not only leave their signs up for the next three weeks until the Aug. 27 runoffs, they plan to hit the campaign trail even harder as the clock ticks down to their last chance to pull out a victory to represent their party, and in some cases, win the election.

One of the most-watched races still up in the air is Alisha McGehee and Pete Moak, who will go head-to-head for the chancery clerk seat. That race will be decided Aug. 27.

The field of three narrowed by one Tuesday when Quinn Jordan didn’t receive enough votes to earn a spot in the runoffs. Instead, it will be McGehee and Moak on the ballots. McGehee, the county’s deputy chancery clerk, received 3,451 votes, or 41.57 percent, to Moak’s 2,828 votes, or 34.06 percent.

Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield said voters must choose the same party in the runoff as they did in the primary.

“If they voted Republican they have to vote Republican in the runoff. If they voted Democrat, they have to vote Democrat in the runoff,” he said.

Those who didn’t vote Tuesday can choose either Republican or Democrat ballots in the runoff, he said.

Other Republican runoffs are:

• District 2 Supervisor: Republican runoff between Jerry McGehee and Don Smith. The winner will face Democrat Cynthia Price for the general election Nov. 5.

• Justice Court Judge Post 1: Republican runoff between Ian Smith and incumbent Joe Portrey. The race will be decided Aug. 27.

• Constable Post 2: Republican runoff between incumbent W. Lavon Boyd and Troy Floyd. The winner will face Democrat Mary H. Wilson in the general election.