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Pike County Presiding Commissioner Dan Miller lost by 33 votes to Terry Burris in the Democratic primary race for the position on Tuesday, Aug. 5, setting up a Nov. 4 election run for the job between Burris and unopposed Republican candidate Chris Gamm. Precinct breakdowns show Burris carrying the Bowling Green area for the apparent slim victory.
Burris got 831 votes to Miller’s 798, for a two percent victory, according to unofficial results from the Pike County Clerk’s election office. Those results will be canvassed over the next few days.
Statewide, the results for the constitutional amendments went as follows: The Right to Farm amendment won by 2,528 votes out of 984,974 ballots cast for a less than one percent victory.
Amendment 1 – Right to Farm
Yes-50.1 percent, No-49.9 percent
Amendment 5 – Right to Bear Arms
Yes-61 percent, No-39 percent.
Amendment 7 – Sales Tax for Roads
Yes-41 percent, No-59 percent
Amendment 8 – Veterans Lottery Ticket
Yes-45 percent, No-55 percent
Amendment 9 – Electronic searches
Yes-75 percent, No-25 percent.
Pike County voters agreed with the state totals on amendments one, five and nine but differed on amendments seven and eight.
To see full election results, see the Aug. 13 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.