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Martin, Baldwin likely face run-off

LINDEN-With nine of the ten precincts reporting in the Marengo County Commission Race, there looks to be an upset in the making or maybe even a run-off between the incumbent and one of his challengers.

Calvin Martin, who ran four years ago, only to be defeated by the incumbent George Baldwin has finally gotten his chance to move into the Marengo County Commission if the current vote totals hold up during the provisional waiting time.

Calvin Martin received 698 votes (50.22 percent), George Baldwin received 458 (32.98 percent), and Trezzvant Hopson received 234 votes (16.83 percent) during the election. The Marengo County Probate Judge Cindy Neilson said as of right now with the tenth precinct being the provisional ballots, the race is just to close to call. She also said if the incumbent Baldwin could get about six more votes out of the provisional ballots, then there would be a run-off between Martin and himself.

“The final official vote tally won’t be ready till about next Friday because the provisional ballots must sit for at least five days after the general election before they can be opened,” Neilson said.

The other candidate, who will be left out of all this election hoopla, is Trezzvant Hopson. Hopson received the lowest, but a respectable amount of votes with 234.

He said whither he wins or loses, he knows he ran a clean campaign and would be interested in running again.