ELECTION 2019: Eddie DeLoach, Tony Thomas headed to runoffs; incumbents lose across the board

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A 2019 election marked by a huge disparity in funding between incumbents and challengers saw the big money lose out for the most part, as challengers posted sweeping gains.

Incumbent Mayor Eddie DeLoach, with a massive money advantage over challengers Van Johnson, Regina Thomas, and Louis Wilson, garnered less than 40 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting at 11 p.m.

He will head to a Dec. 3 runoff with lead vote-getter Alderman Van Johnson, who received about 47 percent of the vote. DeLoach's key precincts consistently underperformed his winning 2015 totals.

Controversial incumbent Tony Thomas of District 6 heads to a runoff with challenger Kurtis Purtee. Thomas received about 46 percent of the vote, with Purtee getting about 39 percent.

Incumbent Bill Durrence in District 2 was unseated by Detric Leggett, who ran against him four years ago and lost narrowly.



Incumbent John Hall of District 3 was unseated by Linda Wilder-Bryan.

In the Alderman at Large races, Kesha Gibson-Carter narrowly defeated incumbent Carol Bell, seen as a key DeLoach ally.

For the open At Large seat, Alicia Miller Blakely defeated Tony Center.

In Van Johnson's vacated District 1 seat, Bernetta Lanier cruised to victory.

Running unopposed to victory were Nick Palumbo in District 4 and Estella Shabazz in District 5. 

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