History showed that when it came to a Port St. Joe mayoral race, the voter turnout was about 45 percent on a fairly consistent basis, said Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon.
Turned out he was off Tuesday by all of 1 percent.
Rex Buzzett, who spent 10 years as a commissioner before stepping aside a year ago, continued his undefeated streak in city elections and Commissioner Eric Langston earned his first full term in the municipal election that ended Tuesday.
Of the 2,724 eligible voters in the city, 1,256, or 46 percent, cast ballots, by far the majority of voters taking advantage of early voting.
Buzzett sought to return to public office in the wake of Hurricane Michael, expressing a hope to be part of the rebuilding of the city to what it was or better, he said.
Buzzett beat incumbent Mayor Bo Patterson, with whom he had often clashed when they served on the Commission together, as well as another challenger, Christy McElroy.
The key number was the 66 percent of the vote Buzzett garnered, far more than the 50 percent-plus-one needed to avoid a run-off.
Buzzett collected 827 votes to Patterson’s 351, or 28 percent. McElroy received 5 percent of the vote.
For Langston, the victory over challenger Cassie Studstill earned him his first full two-year term.
Langston was first appointed to the Group 1 seat after William Thursbay was ousted, per city charter, in the wake of a DUI conviction.
Under election law, the appointment lasted until the next general election, which was last spring, after which the seat would resume its normal rotation, up again this year.
So, Langston earned a one-year term in last year’s city election and a two-year term Tuesday.
Langston garnered 799 votes, 65 percent, to Studstill’s 439, or 35 percent.