Politics & Government

Kidd, Black to face off in House 141 runoff

Results in the special election to replace Bobby Parham in the Milledgeville area’s state House District 141 won’t be certified until next week. But local businessman Darrell Black has enough of a lead over the race’s third-place finisher to be in a runoff with top vote-getter Rusty Kidd.

Black maintained his 16-vote lead over local development official Angela Gheesling-McCommon on Friday with only three votes left uncounted.

Those were two provisional votes in Baldwin County and possibly a military absentee ballot that would have needed to be in the Baldwin County elections office by 5 p.m. Friday to count.

None of that would change the outcome. Left unknown Friday is whether Gheesling-McCommon will ask for a recount in the election, which she has the right to do.

Her vote total (1,270) was only 16 votes behind Black.

Kidd received 2,433 votes, or 44 percent. It takes more than 50 percent of the vote to win without a runoff.