Robert Reichert at Armory Ballroom
Robert Reichert claimed victory over C. Jack Ellis in his bid to become the first mayor of the consolidated Macon-Bibb County government.
With 39 of 40 precincts counted, Reichert had 64 percent of the vote, Ellis 36 percent. Reichert had a lead of more than 10,000 votes.
Ellis did not concede immediately. He said he would wait for every vote to be counted but with almost all votes in, Reichert's lead was insurmountable.
The two men, both two-term mayors of Macon, competed in today's runoff to settle the top job.
It's the fourth time in four years the two men have faced off.
Ellis challenged Reichert for the Macon mayor's job in 2011. Reichert won that runoff by 500 votes.
Then last month, they were among a field of six candidates running for Macon-Bibb mayor. They were the top two finishers, and Reichert missed avoiding a runoff by just 150 votes.
In this month's runoff election, financial reports show that Reichert has a 5-to-1 fund raising and spending advantage. Ellis says that doesn't matter, he's a "street fighter."
At the Ellis headquarters, Suzanne Lawler observed Ellis volunteers fielding phone calls from precincts around Macon and Bibb County. They wrote numbers on small slips of paper to post on a board in the 'war room' of the headquarters to track voter turnout.
Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on the race tonight.