Holloway, McPherson in PSC runoff
Two men who live close to each other in Southwest Rapides Parish but are miles apart politically will be in a May 2 runoff for Dale Sittig’s former seat on the Public Service Commission.
Meanwhile, where the Republican cross-over vote goes will decide who the next District 24 senator is.
Former Republican Congressman Clyde Holloway of Forest Hill and Democratic State Sen. Joe McPherson of Woodworth will scramble for the 14 percent of the vote taken by Gil Pinac of Crowley in Saturday’s District 4 PSC voting.
Holloway and McPherson went back and forth for the lead as returns were counted Saturday night. Holloway won Rapides and McPherson, by a wider margin took Calcasieu, the most populus of the parishes in the sprawling district.
About 13 percent of the 553,000 voters in the district went to the polls.
With 846 of 864 precincts counted, Holloway had 43.5 percent and McPherson had 42.6 percent of the votes, with about 700 votes separating them.
McPherson carried St. Landry by 50 votes
State Rep. Elbert Guillory, 42.7 percent, and Patricia Cravins, 25.9 percent ran one-two in the bid to succeed her son, Don Cravins, Jr., who resigned to take a Washington, D.C. job.
The 18.6 percent of the vote taken by Republican Lincoln Savoie of Sunset will be the prize both seek in the runoff.
Two other Democrats, Kirby Scott and Quincy Richard, Jr. had about 13 percent between them.
Guillory had a wide edge in the St. Landry precincts in the district, while Cravins carried the Lafayette Parish vote.
Eunice precincts in the district favored Guillory.
The vote in those boxes was Guillory 437, Cravins 389 and Savoie 232.