Early voting tallies in the race for 22nd Judicial District attorney showed Warren Montgomery leading 10,780 to Brian Trainor’s 8,841.
Montgomery was ahead in St. Tammany Parish with 9,622 votes to Trainor’s 7,522, but Trainor, who had shown strength in Washington Parish in the primary, was leading slightly there, with 1,319 votes to 1,118 for Montgomery.
St. Tammany Parish Registrar of Voters Dwayne Wall said that early voting was heavier in Saturday’s runoff than in the Nov. 4 primary, 17,721 compared to 16,506.
Trainor was the top vote-getter of the four candidates who ran in the primary last month after long-time incumbent Walter Reed announced he would not be seeking a sixth term in office. Trainor got 38 percent of the vote in that race, and Montgomery was in second place with 24 percent. Third-place finisher Alan Black, who led in Washington Parish, threw his support behind Trainor, and last-place finisher Roy Burns backed Montgomery.
Trainor and his supporters were gathered at the Castine Center in Mandeville to await returns while the Montgomery camp was at the Clarion hotel in Mandeville.
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