After a heated primary and an incredibly tight GOP runoff, Spiro Cheriogotis will become Mobile County’s newest district court judge after defeating George Zoghby at the polls during Tuesday’s election.

While the race appeared close until nearly all of Mobile County’s 88 voting precincts were counted, Cheriogotis pulled away from Zoghby in the end. According to the Mobile County Probate Court, he secured 54.7 percent of the ballots cast while Zoghby only managed to net 45.3 percent.

Though it isn’t uncommon for runoff elections to see a smaller voter turnout, the number of voters who showed up to the polls Tuesday was extremely low. While the weather could have been a small factor, when all was said and done, only 27,665 voters showed up — about 9.4 percent of those registered to vote in Mobile County.

At an election watch party at Moe’s Original Barbecue in downtown Mobile, Cheriogotis didn’t seem concerned with the low turnout, though. Instead, he celebrated and thanked  his supporters and staff for a hard-fought campaign.

Cheriogotis received a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law before spending more than five years handling cases as a prosecutor for the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office.

“I know that together with your hard work and discipline, there’s no way we can’t make Mobile County the safest place to live, to work and to raise your family and grandkids,” Cheriogotis said to a round of applause at his election watch party. “I just can’t thank you enough for giving me the chance to do it.”

Messages sent to Zoghby have so far not received a response. His campaign has yet to concede or issue a public statement on the results. Lagniappe will update this story when more information is available.