A veteran Pontotoc County commissioner and a newcomer to county government made it past Tuesday’s primary election.
Commissioner Danny Davis held a 66-vote lead over challenger Randy Floyd as of press time, according to unofficial results on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website. Davis finished with 486 votes, compared to 420 for Floyd.
Carl Wages, a former commissioner who was hoping to return to county government, finished with 326 votes and was knocked out of the race.
Davis had 39.45 percent of the vote, compared to 34.09 percent for Floyd and 26.46 percent for Wages.
Davis said he was thankful people turned out to vote, and he appreciated the work of his supporters.
“I hope they will continue to support me throughout the runoff,” he said.
Wages, who was competing against Davis for the second time in four years, said he was not surprised by the outcome of the primary.
“I was a little disappointed, but not much,” he said.
Having survived the first round, Davis and Floyd will face off again in a runoff election, set for Aug. 28. There are no Republicans in the race, so the winner of the runoff will take the 2nd District seat on the commission.
Floyd said the primary results showed him where he should focus his campaign before the runoff election.
“I can see where I’ve got to pick up voters and just get out in the county and start campaigning,” he said.
He said his campaign will emphasize road maintenance and reining in county spending — the same themes he stressed before the primary.
Davis said he will continue to work hard and educate 2nd District voters about the county’s past and present projects in the district.