Here are the returns for the Third Circuit Court run-off election yesterday.
It was obviously a resounding victory for Kelly Luther. One way to look at such an election is to ask: What percentage of the general election vote did the candidates get in the run-off? Did they get their voters out the second time?
The answer suggests that the voters in the run-off went with very decided opinions about the election– Kelly Luther didn’t just hold his vote, he improved it in several counties. In Lafayette County, the largest in the district, he got over 96% of the voters he had in the general election, which had a top-of-the-ticket election many more people knew about and possibly cared about. Byers only brought out about 18% of her general election voters in Lafayette. In Tippah County, his home county, he brought out over 227% of his general election vote, more than doubling, while Byers brought out only about 19%. In Marshall County, Byers’s home county, Luther brought out over 183% and Byers only 44%.
In sum, Luther held 94% of his vote and Byers only just over 26%.