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Mon Aug 6, 2018, 06:08 AM

What Democrats' election sweep means for Shelby County

MEMPHIS -- Shelby County Democrats trounced Republicans last night.

Of the 26 county offices up for grabs, Democrats won all but five and those were previously Republican commission seats. Before the election, Republicans held nine of the 10 most high-profile county offices, including mayor and sheriff. Now, they hold zero.

How to describe the devastation of last night's win for Republicans? It was a rout. A sweep. A wave that overwhelmed Republicans who had largely controlled the county not counting the commission, which had a scant Democratic majority since 2008.

Of course, all eyes were on the mayor's race, where Democrat Lee Harris easily won by more than 10 percentage points:

With 153,583 ballots counted as of 11:03 p.m., Harris had 84,956 votes, or 55.3 percent, to Republican David Lenoir's 68,491 votes, or 44.6 percent, according to unofficial results from the Shelby County Election Commission.

Read more: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/local/the-901/2018/08/05/9-01-what-democrats-big-win-last-night-means-shelby-county/861574002/

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WhiteTara Aug 2018 #2
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Aug 6, 2018, 06:13 AM

1. The start of the wave!!!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Aug 6, 2018, 08:15 AM

2. What a wonderful way to start the week!

Since when did they start having elections on Saturday though?

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 6, 2018, 11:01 AM

3. The election was on Tuesday.

I posted an article about the Senate race in LBN that night, but didn't dig into the other races on the ballot.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 6, 2018, 11:21 AM

4. Thanks. I have been buried in stuff this week

and didn't know they were having an election. I'm loving it.

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