So how many Republicans went ahead and voted for Kathy Cox, the former incumbent school superintendent who resigned too late from the race for her name to be taken off the primary ballot?
Any votes for her are being discarded and will not show up in the tallies. A poster below says that Cox garnered 47.29% of the votes in Baldwin County. I suspect that may have been the case in other areas where voters were unaware that Cox had resigned her position to take a job with a Washington think tank.
Consider that 585,000 votes were cast in the GOP primary for governor. (These tallies reflect about 85 percent of the precinct results.)
In the GOP primary for school chief, only, 362, 235 votes were cast, meaning that either a lot of Republicans didn’t bother to vote in the race or they voted for Cox. (John Barge was just declared the winner in a close primary race with Richard Woods.)
Vote tallies always slip in down-ticket races. But the Republican primary for insurance commissioner drew 470,000 votes, and I would think that there is more interest in school superintendent than in insurance commissioner.
Counting early voting, I would not be surprised to learn that Cox drew more than 100,000 votes, including one from a co-worker who shall remain nameless but did so out of interest in how such votes would be treated. Some folks said that while her name appeared on the ballot, they could not actually cast a vote for her in their counties on the touchscreen.
Anyone else able to vote for her today?