Incumbent Purcell City Council member Graham Fishburn is headed for a runoff election against his closest challenger, Bill Boyle.

In Tuesday’s Purcell City Council election, Fishburn and Boyle were the top two in the ballot box.

However, neither won 50 percent of the votes cast forcing a runoff for the Division 1 post.

In a very slim turnout, voters gave Fishburn a lead with 148 votes or 43.15 percent. Boyle had 111 votes or 32.36 percent. Dr. Aaron D. Perkins polled 84 votes or 24.49 percent.

With the light turnout of 343 voters, Fishburn  needed just 24 votes more to pass the 50 percent threshold of 172 to win a new term outright.

The election results are unofficial until Friday when McClain County Election Board Secretary Karen Haley will officially confirm the election results.

The runoff will be April 7, the date of the city’s general election.

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