And then there were two.
Democrat Gene Reynolds and Republican Jerri Ray de Pingre’ are headed for a runoff for District 10 state Representative in the November 19 general election.
With all precincts in Webster Parish added to two precincts in south Bossier, Reynolds beat de Pingre’ by a little more than 1,200 votes.
Reynolds said it has been a long six months, but he feels the hard work paid off.
“My favorite aspect of this ‘campaigning business’ has been in meeting so many people and hearing their ideas,” Reynolds said. “Our district is packed full of great leaders of varying ideals. I’m excited to be the candidate in this race with views and experiences that span across party lines, areas of expertise, and differing social groups.”
Reynolds said he intends to meet a lot of people over the next few weeks.
“The coming weeks will bring more face-to-face visiting and a better understanding for folks about who I am, how I believe, and my convictions about responsibility in representation,” he said.
De Pingre’, who was calm going into election night, said she has enjoyed the campaign process and looks forward to the runoff.
“This has been wonderful,” de Pingre’ said. “I’m a people person and I enjoy getting out and talking to people.”
De Pingre’ said she would think about the runoff “tomorrow.”
“I’ll have to have a couple of days to breathe and think, and then we’ll go from there,” she said.
The two ousted Republican candidates were Gerald Holland of Springhill, who garnered a total of 2,131 and Ronnie Broughton of Minden who came in fourth with 1,205.
Holland said the race was close, but he is satisfied with the race he ran.
“I feel the last-minute dirty tricks cost me the runoff,” Holland said. “They were ‘robo-calls’ that said I back President Obama’s plans. I tried to respond on Facebook and other ways, but it was too late.”
At this point, Holland said he has no plans to endorse Reynolds or de Pingre’.
Broughton said now the election is over, he will return to his job as a member of the Webster Parish School Board.
“I’m still on the school board, and our system still has a ‘D’ grade, and it needs to do better than that...so that’s an effort that I'll continue,” Broughton said. “Past that, I don’t have any particular plans. I’m just sorry the (voter) turnout wasn’t as good as it should have been. It was only about 35 percent which is not good.”
(Editor’s note: James Gulledge contributed to this report.)