Tommy Battle defeated Mayor Loretta Spencer in the race for Huntsville Mayor, 56% to 44%, with 37,958 votes cast.
Mayor Spencer carried 7 of the top 10 of Huntsville’s largest (by vote) precincts. The top three were: Cove United Methodist, Aldersgate, and Weatherly Heights (note that Absentee Voters would actually count as the third largest precinct). These three were also Tommy Battle’s largest by-vote precincts, and then Battle carried the next three largest precincts: Hillwood Baptist, The Dwelling Place, and Chapman Middle School. Northwest Huntsville turned out for Battle in big numbers and high percentages, for example: First Missionary Baptist (1049 total ballots, 76%), Johnson High School (1006 ballots, 75%), and Ed White Middle School (870 ballots, 74%) .
Mayor-Elect Battle’s best precincts (by %) were AAMU, Calvary Hill, Showers Center, Lewis Chapel, and New Shiloh.
Mayor Spencer’s best precincts (by %) were Monte Sano, Southwood Presbyterian, Cove United Methodist, Absentee Voters, and Trinity United Methodist.
For City Council District 5, Will Culver defeated Richard Gipson by 53% to 47%.
For School Board District 1, Laurie McCaulley defeated Pat King by 55% to 45%.
For School Board District 5, Alta Morrison defeated Susan Currie by 53% to 47%.
UPDATE: One fact jumps out at me from the Mayor’s race – winning the biggest precincts doesn’t necessarily lead to victory. Tommy Battle won 38 of 55 precincts…
UPDATE: Voter turnout was about 33% (37,958 votes / 113,807 registered voters). Turnout increased in the run-off, which is unusual – the August election had a turnout of 28%. In August, 30,047 voters cast their ballots – before you check my turnout math, note that about 6,000 people registered to vote between August and now – so turnout increased in both real and relative terms. BTW, there are about 202,000 registered voters in Madison County.