Primary runoff scheduled Tuesday

Published 10:35 am Saturday, July 10, 2010

Interest in Tuesday’s primary runoff may be higher than it was for the June primary, if absentee votes are any indication.

“We have 145 absentee ballots cast, which is more than the first round,” Escambia County Circuit Clerk Ken Taylor said. “Some of that may be due to the fact that it is summer and people are on vacation.”

With a local school board race on the Democratic ballot and a gubernatorial runoff on the Republican ballot, interest is high for both parties, Taylor said.

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“We’ve had considerable interest,” he said.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday throughout the county.

The Democratic ballot has two races on tap: the District 4 school board race between Stephanie Agerton and Bo Brantley and the attorney general’s race between James Anderson and Giles Perkins.

The Republican ballot features three statewide runoffs, for governor, commissioner of agriculture and public service commission.

Bradley Byrne and Robert Bentley will face off for governor, after Bentley fought off a primary challenge by third-place finisher Tim James. Meanwhile, Dorman Grace and John McMillan are seeking the nomination for commissioner of agriculture, and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Stephen Evans face off for Public Service Commission.