Latest numbers show Faver, Turner heading for runoff


Rodney Faver (left) and Lee Ann Turner will compete in the runoff in the race for Chancery Court Judge District 14, Place 1 on Nov. 27

By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
SDN Editor

Overall results (unofficial) 

Chancery Judge District 14-1 Total votes Percentage
Rodney Faver 5,017 28%
Lee Ann Turner 4,797 27%
Elizabeth Ausbern 4,785 26%
Gene Barton 2,757 15%
Todd Bennett 741 4%

*Excludes four affidavit ballots in Webster County and two in Chickasaw County

The most recent election numbers in the race for Chancery Court Judge District 14, Place 1, saw Oktibbeha County Youth Court Referee and attorney Lee Ann Turner (4,797 votes) edge out Houston, Mississippi-attorney Elizabeth Ausbern (4,785 votes) for a spot on the Nov. 27 runoff ballot by only 12 votes.

Once certified as the first and second place candidates, Turner will contend with Starkville Municipal Court Judge Rodney Faver, who finished with the highest vote total (5,017) among the five candidates vying for the seat of outgoing Chancery Court Judge Kenneth Burns.

There are currently six paper affidavit ballots to be processed - four in Webster County and two in Chickasaw. 

Ausbern said she is considering all of her options when asked if she plans to request a recount.

Both Ausbern and Turner expressed some degree of frustration at the time lost during the ballot-counting process, which was protracted across the region due to high voter turnout, with some places seeing more than 50 percent of registered voters making it to the polls. 

“(The candidates) have just been stagnate trying to figure out what’s going on,” Ausbern said. “I’m not sure if I will ask for a recount, and I'm just going to talk to my family and pray about it and see.” 

Turner said she was humbled at the prospect of staying alive in the race to try to rally more support in the runoff. 

“It was a little big of torture,” Turner laughed, when asked about the multi-day process of waiting on results. “Clearly I’m humbled and excited. The results show how close it was.” 

Faver could not be reached for comment by press time on Friday. 

Chickasaw County unofficial results 

Chancery Judge District 14-1 Total votes Percentage
Rodney Faver 149 3%
Lee Ann Turner 482 8%
Elizabeth Ausbern 3,091 52%
Gene Barton 1.935 33%
Todd Bennett 265 4%

Oktibbeha County unofficial results 

Chancery Judge District 14-1 Total votes Percentage
Rodney Faver 3,626 42%
Lee Ann Turner 3,049 36%
Elizabeth Ausbern 866 10%
Gene Barton 518 6%
Todd Bennett 341 4%

Webster County unofficial results 

Chancery Judge District 14-1 Total votes Percentage
Rodney Faver 1,242 33%
Lee Ann Turner 1,66 33%
Elizabeth Ausbern 828 22%
Gene Barton 304 8%
Todd Bennett 135 4%

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