Joe Norwood has won Lauderdale County's District 4supervisor's election by 19 votes. The final numbers put Norwood with 617 votes to Hudson's 598. Norwood thanked his supporters on Friday.
"We are just grateful for the support for the fourth district, for allowing us to serve this community," said Norwood. "We are excited and glad to continue doing what we've done along."
Norwood has been ahead since election night, but the votes were too close to call the election without the affidavit votes being counted. And that is what took time. Around 5 p.m. Thursday, the Internet went down at the courthouse, leaving election officials with no way to certify the affidavits.
"All along we have felt like we had been reelected. We were just waiting for the process," said Norwood.
Gerald Hudson has said that, because the results were so close, he would consider challenging the election. Hudson told Newscenter 11 Friday he is weighing his options and will take a couple of days to decide what he might do. He said the vote shows the people in District 4 are dissatisfied.
Election officials say this election has been extremely time consuming due to the new electronic machines.
"Because the air conditioner went out and the computer went down, so we couldn't process the final part of the election, the final votes," said John Flowers of the Lauderdale Democratic Committee.
However election officials can't take too long of a break. The runoff for those undecided elections will be Aug. 28.