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Garner: ‘The gloves will come off’

Published 9:23am Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It’s no more Mr. Nice Guy should the Republican Sen. District 30 race result in an official runoff, according to Millbrook candidate Harris Garner.

Garner looks to have earned enough votes from outlying areas in the district — a section of Tallapoosa, Coosa and Chilton counties  — to force a runoff with Prattville’s Clyde Chambliss Jr.

In the unofficial numbers submitted to the Herald late Tuesday night, Chambliss fell 22 votes shy of having 50 percent plus one vote to avoid the runoff.

The numbers tallied show Chambliss with 9,115 while Garner has 5,824.

Those numbers are unofficial with some provisional ballots yet to be counted.

Should those numbers stand and a July 15 runoff be necessary, Garner said his camp will “expose Mr. Chambliss.”

“The gloves will come off,” Garner said. “I thought we ran a clean race, but my opponent says we took AEA and gaming money, which is untrue.”

In a search of Garner’s campaign contributions on the Secretary of State’s website, there are no signs of contributions from the AEA or from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

“We haven’t received a penny from those interest groups,” Garner added.

In Elmore County Garner carried the county with almost 1,000 more votes than Chambliss.

Chambliss, who was not available for comment Tuesday night, did carry the rest of the counties within the district.

His biggest win came in his home county of Autauga, where he earned nearly 3,000 more votes than Garner.

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