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UPDATE: Lynch wins PJC District 1 regent seat; runoff will decide between Norwood & Bell in District 7

eParisExtra logoA huge turnout on Saturday lifted District 7 incumbent Frankie Norwood into a tie with challenger Jim Bell, forcing a runoff in the Paris Junior College regents’ election.

Bell led Norwood by almost 2-to-1 after the early votes were counted, but about an hour after the polls closed, the Saturday vote was final, and it was heavily in Norwood’s favor — 43 to 9 over Bell. Charles Gilbert ran a distant third, getting 12 early votes and 3 votes on Saturday.

The date for the Bell-Norwood runoff has not been set.

Charles Lynch unseated District 4 incumbent Daigone Garner by a final vote of 105 to 30. Lynch won the early voting 65-18 and the Saturday vote 18-7.

Here are the final numbers for the PJC Regents’ election:

DISTRICT 4: Early Vote: Charles Lynch 65, Daigone Garner 18. Mail-in Ballots: Lynch 22, Garner 5. Saturday: Lynch 18, Garner 7. Final Vote: Lynch 105 (77.78%), Garner 30 (22.22%).

DISTRICT 7: Early Vote: Charles Gilbert 12, Jim Bell 55, Frankie Norwood 28. Mail-in Ballots: Gilbert 2, Bell 20, Norwood 13. Saturday: Gilbert 3, Bell 9, Norwood 43. Final Vote: Gilbert 17 (9.19%), Bell 84 (45.41%), Norwood 84 (45.41%).

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra