Voter turnout was slim, as expected in a special election a few days before Christmas, and when the votes were counted Joel Carter was the winner in the race for the state Senate seat in District 49.
Carter received 52.7 percent of the votes, and a runoff election will not be needed.
Total votes for Carter were 1,968. Dan Carr came in second, with 996 votes; and Ron Meyers was third, with 767 votes.
Carter thanked his wife, his family, volunteers and said, “I really want to thank the public for entrusting me in this new position. It’s a new era of young, business-minded leadership.”
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The special election was needed to fill the seat after Sean Tindell was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the state Appeals Court. Tindell had served in the Senate since 2012.
District 49 takes in west Biloxi, down the beach in Gulfport, up into Orange Grove and into parts of Harrison County.
All three candidates are from Gulfport. Carter is owner of J. Carter & Co. Real Estate and Development. Carr is a youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church and Meyers is owner of Ron Meyers Productions, which produces Christmas in the City and other events.
Carter is expected to be sworn in quickly.
Before the election, Carter described himself as a fiscal conservative who wants to create jobs and support public schools.
The 2018 Legislative Session convenes at noon on Jan. 2 and the deadline to make requests for general bills and constitutional amendments to be drafted is Jan. 10.