By MICHAEL SIMMONS Madison County Journal
Barbara Blackmon appears to be the next state senator for District 21, narrowly beating incumbent Kenny Wayne Jones for the seat that encompasses Madison, Attala, Leake, Holmes and Yazoo counties.
Uncertified results have Blackmon with 4,864 votes to Jones’ 4,794 votes.
There was some speculation amongst election officials this week whether or not Jones would challenge the results, but he put those rumors to bed Wednesday morning.
“I can challenge it,” Jones said. “At first she was 25 (votes) up, so how that jumped to 70 I still can’t figure out,” he said. “But, I don’t think I’m gonna challenge that.”
He added, “I’m leaving the right way and I’m not pulling a Chris McDaniel, so when I want to come back I’ll be able to come back and still have credibility.”
Jones was referencing his fellow senator’s failed bid for the U.S. senate seat last year.
Jones bested Blackmon in Madison County, collecting 2,065 votes (64.09 percent) to her 1,154 votes (35.82 percent).
Jones and Blackmon split Yazoo County with approximately 155 votes each.
In Leake County, Blackmon had nearly 900 votes to Jones’ 533.
Other county totals were unavailable as of press-time.
Blackmon previously held the seat for 12 years before giving it up to run against Republican Amy Tuck for lieutenant governor in 2003.