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Southwest Georgia runoff election results

Posted at 5:28 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 06:51:49-05

(WTXL) — The results are in for some of our South Georgia communities run-off elections. Voters in Lowndes and Thomas Counties, making some key decisions for two of their cities governments.

In the race for Valdosta's next mayor -- its deemed to close to call.

Scott James Matheson received a total of 2,861 to J.D Rice's 2,738, which is a 123 vote difference.

In the race Valdosta's City Council-City at Large, Ben Norton raked in 3,045 votes to Adrian Rivers 2,441 votes.

Election officials in Lowndes County say that 130 provisional ballots and 3 mail-in ballots will be counted on Friday.

And in Thomasville, Wanda Warren takes the City Council District-One-Post-One-position narrowly beating out Nate Tyler by 32 votes.

The future of two Georgia counties is in the hands of voters once again.

Right now, runoff elections are happening in Lowndes and Thomas counties.

People in Valdosta are voting on their first new city mayor in eight years and for the city council at-large seat.

Running for Mayor's Office in Valdosta are J.D. Rice and Scott James Matheson.

Up for the City Council position are Adrian Rivers and Ben Norton.

The Lowndes County Board of Elections Office says the voter turnout Tuesday has been better than expected.

Even with just under two hours of the polls being open, they are encouraging people to still come out and vote.

"It's super important because you want to get the candidate of your choice in office. Every vote counts and can make a difference," said Jessica Thomas, with the Lowndes County Elections Office.

In Thomas County, Nate Tyler and Wanda Warren are running for City Council District 1 Post 1 position.

The elections office in Thomas County says it's been a pretty slow voting day.

Polls in both Lowndes and Thomas County close at 7 pm Tuesday.