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Hard work and good weather make for strong SGA runoff turnout

By Jim Parsons
Daily Cougar Staff

Thursday marked the end of a long, sometimes bitter race for the top two positions in the Student Government Association.

The four candidates for SGA president and vice president continued campaigning until the end of runoff elections that drew 1,902 votes.

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Student Government Association presidential candidate James Robertson Jr., right, casts his vote in the SGA runoff elections Thursday. The results of the runoffs for president and vice president will be announced at 2 p.m. today in the University Center.

"I'm sunburned and tired," said presidential candidate Justin Ray, campaigning outside PGH. "It's been very calm."

Ray, presidential candidate James Robertson Jr. and vice presidential candidates Bill Kelly and De'Mia R. Willis spent most of the afternoon at PGH, the polling location that drew the most voters Wednesday.

For the most part, the candidates and supporters were optimistic about Thursday's voter turnout.

"I'm very pleased with the turnout, and the weather today is always a plus," said SGA President Tom Cassidy, who spent part of Thursday campaigning for Ray. "I think it'll be a very close race."

Election Commissioner Kim Webb said the number of poll workers remained inadequate Thursday, a problem that plagued the Election Commission both in the general elections and the runoffs. Nevertheless, Webb said she felt the runoffs were a success.

"Even though there have been complaints and various things among the candidates, I think it's gone really well and promoted SGA a lot," she said.

From the candidates' point of view, campaign work may have been demanding, but it was worth the effort.

"It's worth it. I know it's worth it," Robertson said. "We've all been working hard, and it shows."

The results of the runoffs will be announced at 2 p.m. today in the University Center's World Affairs Lounge. In either race, if neither candidate receives a plurality of the vote, the tie will be broken by the SGA Senate.

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