With all eight counties in state Senate District 11 reporting voter numbers Tuesday night, candidates from Thomas and Decatur counties are headed for a February runoff.
Mike Keown, a Coolidge Republican, had 37.37 percent of the vote, to 42.59 percent for Dr. Dean Burke, a Bainbridge Republican.
Trailing the two top vote-getters were Republicans Marshall Berman, Brad Hughes and Eugene McNease and Libertarian candidate Jeffrey Bivins.
Burke said Tuesday night his campaign has worked hard in the short amount of time available.
John Bulloch, a Thomas County Republican and longtime District 11 senator, resigned in December. A qualifying period and election date were called immediately.
Burke said his campaign momentum will continue. “I don’t see why it won’t,” he explained.
He said he did not consider it a strategic move to campaign hard in Thomas County, which had three candidates in the race, and in Grady County, Bivins’ home.
He now will attempt to increase his support by making more contacts in the two counties.
Keown could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
In Thomas County, final election results are:
• Berman — 67
• Bivins — 159
• Burke — 526
• Hughes — 79
• Keown — 1,758
• McNease — 296
The vote count in Grady County:
• Berman — 11
• Bivins — 228
• Burke — 475
• Hughes — 38
• Keown — 1,119
• McNease — 41
The runoff is Tuesday, Feb. 5.