Singleton bests Moore for Senate District 24 seat

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Jonathan McElvy/Publisher&Editor

Bobby Singleton, a current state representative from Greensboro, beat Demopolis City Councilman Thomas Moore by nearly 900 votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary run-off for Alabama Senate District 24.

Singleton, who won convincingly in the Hale and Tuscaloosa county boxes, will face little-known Rev. James Carter in a special called Jan. 25 general election.

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With all precincts reporting, Singleton captured 9,189 votes (52.5 percent) to Moore’s 8,307 votes (47.5 percent).

Though many believed Tuesday’s election would result in a low voter turnout, that wasn’t exactly the case – compared to the Oct. 26 primary.

In October, 17,390 voters went to the polls. On Tuesday, 17,496 people cast ballots. Many of those votes came in the form of absentee ballots.

In Hale County, for instance, Singleton received 1,033 absentee votes, compared to Moore’s 21.

In Perry County, Singleton won 465 absentee ballots and Moore won 329.

With Singleton’s win, voters in Hale and Perry will have to go to the polls again to elect a new state representative. Gov. Bob Riley has not yet set the date for that special election.