With all 84 precincts reporting, Miller took 14,819, or 49.7 percent, of the 29,834 votes cast, while Notariano earned 13,686 votes or 45.9 percent. Sean Granger came in a distant third with 1,329 votes, or 4 percent. Turnout for the election was 40.2 percent.
Miller took the top spot in the Tangipahoa Parish president race’s primary election, but didn’t garner quite enough votes to avoid a runoff against Notariano. The race then jolted into a hotly contested runoff between Miller and Notariano that would engage the entire parish over the coming weeks.
In the general election held on November 21, the voters of Tangipahoa Parish overwhelmingly elected Robby Miller to succeed Parish President Gordon Burgess.
According to the Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court’s office, Miller won with 52 percent of the vote to Notariano’s 48 percent. There were approximately 1,117 votes separating the two candidates.
Approximately 42.8 percent of the parish’s more than 74,000 registered voters participated in the general election. More than 13 percent of the parish’s registered voters cast ballots during the six-day early voting period, which was the largest early voter turnout ever recorded in Tangipahoa .
The turnout for the primary election was 40.2 percent, the election gained a .6 percent increase in voter turnout between the primary and general elections. This increase from 40.2 percent to 42.8 percent is not common in local level political races. 5 Stones Media attributes this increase to its strategic involvement in the campaign which yielded an increased social presence that adequately addressed community questions and concerns while utilizing email marketing and traditional media advertising (such as newspapers and magazines). In the final analysis, Miller’s increased media presence influenced his supporters, who were more informed on the issues and more positively engaged in the campaign’s ongoing dialogue and debate, to vote in the general election, clinching a firm victory for Robby Miller.