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Pugh defeats incumbent to take back District 2

District 2: PUGH 55%, Cox 45%District 3: MeLemore 48%, Martin 52%District 6: DUDLEY 72%, WHITEHEAD 28%

The county commission races in Russell County produced so many political rematches Tuesday that the election looked like a movie sequel.

It would have been a "Back to the Future" trilogy, in the case of County Commission District 2, where Democrat Tillman Pugh is back in office again, defeating incumbent Republican Gordon Cox 1,277 votes to 1,051.

Pugh beat Cox to take that seat in 2000. Cox came back to beat Pugh in 2004. Now, Pugh is in again.

Pugh got 55 percent of the vote. Cox got 45 percent.

District 6

Incumbent Democrat Mervin Dudley scored a blowout in District 6, taking 72 percent of the vote over independent James Michael Whitehead. Dudley got 1,875 votes to Whitehead's 710.

Whitehead ran for that seat as a Republican in 2004.

District 3

In District 3, former Phenix City Mayor Peggy Martin had a much slimmer win over challenger Cecil "Woody" McLemore: Martin got 52 percent of the vote to McLemore's 48 percent.

This was yet another Russell County rematch: Martin beat McLemore to take that seat in 2004. On Tuesday, Martin got 1,473 votes to McLemore's 1,365.

Martin was one of the few Republicans to get a winning percentage in Russell County on a day Democrats seemed to rule.

Big for Democrats

Russell County went big for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, giving him 10,078 votes to Republican John McCain's 8,700.

The county also showed strong support for the Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Rogers. Joshua Segall got 10,212 Russell votes to Rogers' 8,106.

County voters also got to decide on a local amendment proposing that Phenix City not be allowed to sell off its water or sewer system without the approval of county voters.

The "yes" votes came to 5,191 (83 percent). The "no" votes were 1,072 (17 percent).

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