The special election to determine who will represent Senate District 50 came down to about 200 votes on Tuesday.
Rep. Scott DeLano and Biloxi Council President Dixie Newman, both Republicans, watched the votes came in from the five precincts with split Senate districts. It was DeLano and his supporters who were cheering when the unofficial results showed he finished with 1,456 votes to Newman’s 1,254, a difference of 202 votes.
Newman, wearing a hot pink suit, had tears in her eyes as she praised her “hard-working team” of volunteers who worked on her campaign for 9 months. “We have no regrets,” said Newman, who turns 34 on Wednesday.
“I wish the best for District 50. I wish the best for our state,” Newman said at her campaign party at her coffee shop in Biloxi. Several of her supporters cried as she addressed the crowd.
DeLano challenged the results of the primary election after Newman was declared the winner by one vote, but irregularities were found in precincts that have split Senate districts. He said Tuesday night that it’s been “a very long and difficult campaign.”
He will start working tomorrow, Delano said, and added, “I’ve got a list of things to get done.”
His win is important not just to District 50, he said, but for the entire Gulf Coast. He has the experience representing House District 117 for 10 years and said he has a good, professional relationship with Delbert Hosemann, who was elected Lt. Gov. and will choose who will lead the Senate committees.
In other legislative races:
▪ District 114 — Incumbent Jeffrey Guice, R, 3,498, (75%), Tony Lawrence, I, 1,160 (25%)
▪ District 115 — Incumbent Randall Patterson, R, 1,877 (52%), Biloxi Councilman Felix Gines, D, 1,723 (48%)
▪ District 117 — Kevin Felsher, R, 4,143 (64%), Inez Kelleher, D, 2,347 (36%)
▪ District 122 — Brent Anderson, R, 4,007 (68%), Wendy McDonald, D, 1,914 (32%)
▪ District 48 — Mike Thompson, R, 6,575 (52%), Gary Fredericks, D, 6,161 (48%)