Knight, Burkette move on to runoff in AL Senate District 26 race

Published: Dec. 13, 2017 at 2:32 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2017 at 5:14 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The top two candidates in Montgomery County's state Senate District 26 race will head to a runoff election.

With 98 percent of the vote reporting, John Knight and David Burkette will face off in a runoff to fill the seat vacated by Quinton Ross after he became president of Alabama State University.

"I feel very good. As I understand, it, I led the race. We had two incumbent city council members so I feel real good," Knight said.

Knight pulled 36 percent of the vote to Burkette's 27 percent.

Following the results, Burkette thanked God, his wife and the people who helped him during this election, "I'm feeling the incredible spirit of God right about now. I know without these people behind me, my wife, the foot soldiers, it wouldn't be possible,"

When asked about the runoff election, both Knight and Burkette talked about looking ahead.

"I'll do the same thing that I did in the regular election here, go to the voters and let them know exactly what my platform is and continue to work for the people of this county," Knight said.

"It's not time to take a backseat. We got one level out of the way, this is a two-level race. We got one level out of the way and we want to make certain that we are prepared and continue to work hard," Burkette said.

The other three candidates, Fred Bell, Deborah Anthony, and Tony Cobb Jr. pulled a combined 37 percent of the votes.

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