Before results were announced, Baughn said, “It’s the flip of a coin right now. It really is, more so in the Jefferson and the Addison areas. I think Addison is a big box, and in Jefferson the Bagley school area. That’s one box; that’s all I have in north Jefferson.”
The last results tallied for the District 14 position in Walker County showed Baughn with 2,601 votes compared to Wadsworth’s 2,151 votes. However, that did not include those areas covered in Winston and Jefferson counties, nor did it include absentee or provisional ballots.
Just before Baughn left the Community Health Systems Activities Center Tuesday night, he said he had spoken with his consultant and said, “It looked like I was down 56 votes with all boxes in. The last number they had. I don’t know if they counted Winston (County). We just got to wait until we see the absentees. It’s so close you can’t hardly call it.”
Wadsworth was not present at Tuesday night’s gathering at the CHS Activities Center, but he chose to celebrate more privately with family and close friends.
“I’m proud of each and every person that contributed because every vote counted in my race,” said Wadsworth, who was watching the totals come across the TV. “I am ahead by 56 votes to my knowledge. I feel very, very proud for the people of District 14, and for all the people who have worked real hard to make changes in this area. Our small towns have lost a lot over the years, and we need to rebuild our small towns. Every person, every vote, every person that voted contributed to this race, and we just want to do the right thing and work as hard as we can for the people in the 14th district.”