Runoff decides District 14 seat
by Joshua Sharpe
December 04, 2013 12:44 AM | 1215 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Candidate Bruce Thompson took home the state Senate District 14 seat in Tuesday’s runoff elections, according to the unofficial results.

In the three-county race for District 14, Thompson got 2,981 votes in the runoff, or about 69 percent of the 4,337 votes cast in the race for District 14. That showing at the polls beat out Matt Laughridge’s 1,356 votes, or 31 percent of the vote, unofficial results show.

Thompson won Cobb County with 70 percent or 1,260 votes, according to the Cherokee elections office.

Laughridge got 30 percent in Cobb, 533 total votes.

After the results came in Tuesday night, Thompson said he was “humbled” by the support and anxious to start work.

“I’m very, very, very thankful to the people of Cherokee, Bartow and Cobb for seeing fit to put me in the seat as their next senator,” he said.

For Laughridge, the support he did receive was encouraging, and he said felt proud of his campaign.

“I couldn’t be happier with my supporters and how we ran our campaign,” he said Tuesday night. “I can walk with my head up high. All my supporters know that we ran it the right way.”

Considering the support he got, Laughridge said taking a shot at running for office sometime in the future wasn’t out of the question.

“We’ve just got to make sure when the time comes we still feel the same way,” he said. “We’re excited about where the future could lead.”

Although the race had in recent weeks become heated, Thompson said he would be willing to sit down with Laughridge to talk about how they might work together for the better of the district.

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