SOUTHWEST Ga. (WALB) - A special election race for a Southwest Georgia Senate district will be heading to a runoff after Tuesday’s votes were counted.
Carden Summers (R), Jim Quinn (R) and Mary Egler (D) were all vying for the Senate District 13 seat left open after the passing of Senator Greg Kirk in December.
On Tuesday, Summers garnered 43.11 percent of the votes while Quinn received 42.18 percent and Egler took 14.71 percent.
With none of the candidates getting 50 percent plus one vote, the race will now head to a runoff between Summers and Quinn.
“We thought there was gonna be a runoff and that’s what tonight proved and with three people in the race, it was hard to get 50 percent," said Quinn. "Go back tomorrow and start over again, knock on more doors, talk to more people and get the word out that I’m the true conservative candidate in this race.”
“I wanna thank everybody who voted for me. I’m grateful that we came out on top with the most votes," said Summers. "My plan is in the next 30 days, is to reach out and touch everyone I can, touch and share my vision with them and ask them to go back to the polls and vote for me again.”
Senate District 13 represents Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee, Tift, Turner, Worth and parts of Sumter and Wilcox counties.
All registered voters in those areas will be able to take part in the runoff election on March 3.