HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - After days of counting votes in both Forrest and Lamar counties, the Mississippi House District 87 race is headed to a runoff election.
Absentee ballot counting finished Thursday and no candidate reached a majority of the vote.
Joseph Tubb finished with 45% of the vote, while Matthew Conoly trailed at 37%.
A third candidate, David Morgan, finished with 17%.
Now, Conoly and Tubb will face each other in a runoff election.
“I’m extremely excited that it went to a runoff," Conoly said. “I’ve worked hard these last six weeks campaigning. There was a fantastic turnout in this race. I just want to make sure my message is getting out there to people.”
“We’ve got two and a half weeks. It’s going to be daylight to dark," Tubb said. "This is a new race. It’s just like I started on Sept. 14.”
The two candidates are continuing to seek votes ahead of the runoff.
“I am the business candidate," Tubb said. "I believe in return on investment for our tax dollars, hard-earned tax dollars that people pay in. I want them to know that I’ll be a representative. They should come out and vote for us and represent somebody. Somebody to watch the penny, not the dollar. If you take care of your pennies, the dollars take care of themselves. I’m a Christian, common sense, conservative republican. I think that we need more people like that in the legislature.”
“If you are happy with government as is and with the legislature as is, stay home. Don’t worry about it, but if you are looking for people that are coming in with a normal mindset, folks that are no different, I’m a person no different from anyone else out there," Conoly said. "I’ve lived in this community all my life. Come on out and vote. I want to do what is best for our community. I want to focus on government oversight, improving our education system and making it a more even playing field for our small businesses.”
The runoff election will be on Nov. 24.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only people living in District 87 can vote in this election.
Absentee voting for the House District 87 race will happen on Nov. 14 and 21 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Nov. 21 will be the last day to vote absentee.