Runoff required

Published 10:37 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Republicans Bradley Byrne and Dean Young will meet for a runoff Nov. 5 in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner. Byrne was the leading vote getter in the 1st Congressional District, with 35 percent of the district’s vote, and Young was second, with 23 percent.

Burton LeFlore won the Democratic nomination, but a GOP candidate is favored to win the heavily Republican district.

Byrne also won the most votes in Escambia County, finishing with 959 votes, or 45.19 percent of the vote in the county. Young finished second in the county, with 529 votes, or 24.93 percent of the vote.

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Chad Fincher finished third among Escambia County voters, with 16.45 percent of the vote. He was also third in the district overall, and conceded Tuesday night at about 8:30 p.m.

Quin Hillyer, who finished fourth in the district and fifth in Escambia County, endorsed Byrne on Tuesday night. Wells Griffith finished fourth in the county, and fifth in the district.

The Republican primary runoff election will be held Nov. 5, and the general election will be held Dec. 17.

State Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead praised all of the candidates.

“The nine Republican candidates who ran in this special primary should be commended for their hard work and dedication to their southern district,” Armistead said.