The final vote total was 388 votes for Nunnelley and 161 for Madison. Madison and election officials expressed disappointment with the low voter turnout, but Madison was adamant about supporting Nunnelley in November.
“I really thought we would have a stronger voter turnout in our district, but I support Mr. Nunnelley 100 percent,” Madison said.
Nunnelley said he was grateful that his supporters turned out again and hopes they’ll continue to support him in the fall.
“I’m happy people had enough confidence in me to vote the way they did,” Nunnelley said. “I’ll do my best to do as good a job as I can for the people. We need to all work together.”
The runoff was made necessary after Nunnelley, Madison and the third challenger, Paul Ratliff, all failed to gain more than a 50 percent share of the votes in the original primary.
Nunnelley says he won’t change his strategy going into November — he will continue reaching out to the people in his district and try to find solutions to the county’s problems. He has previously cited his experience in patching and repairing roads and working in the mines as qualifications that he brings to the commission seat.
Nunnelley will face Democrat George Fitzpatrick in November.
In the statewide runoff election to decide the Republican candidate for Public Service Commission President, Twinkle Cavanaugh won in Walker County, garnering 70.97 percent of the vote. Cavanaugh was also declared the winner statewide after receiving 61 percent of the vote (with 68 percent of the precincts reporting.)
Cavanaugh will face Lucy Baxley, the only Democrat holding state office at the present time. Cavanaugh challenged Baxley in 2008 and was narrowly edged out for the position.
Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman had predicted a low turnout of 2 percent to 4 percent for Tuesday's runoff. In Walker County, only 1,242 of the county’s 48,224 registered voters turned out for the election for a total of 2.58 percent turnout.