Tuesday primary runoff election will decide next Madison County superintendent


L to R: Ronnie Blair, Matt Massey

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Both candidates for Madison County Superintendent spent the final few hours before Tuesday's election hitting the sidewalks talking to voters and passing out flyers.

Matt Massey took a commanding lead as the votes rolled in for the primary election, but he didn’t quite snag the 50% plus one vote needed to win the seat at the central office. Ronnie Blair and incumbent superintendent David Copeland split the vote, with Blair edging ahead 28% to Copeland’s 22%.

“This process has been great for Madison County Schools to talk about some things that needed to be on the table,” said Massey.

Blair was not the leader of the race, but is encouraged as he prepares for the runoff.

“Naturally, when you enter into a race or any race like this, you want to win. But, if you can’t win, you surely want to be in a runoff and that’s what the numbers look like for us right now,” said Blair.

Both candidates say they will be with supporters Tuesday working the last second get out the vote, despite voter turnout predictions hovering in the single digits.

WATCH recent interviews with both candidates as they talk about issues HERE.