MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The race for Macon-Bibb's first mayor for the new consolidated government will be a battle between Macon's current mayor and the former mayor.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and former Mayor C. Jack Ellis will compete in a runoff election for the new Macon – Bibb consolidated government.
41NBC was at both candidates' camps the entire night.
Supporters for Reichert were full of excitement Tuesday night even when Ellis took the lead at the polls.
Throughout the night, Reichert supporters never gave up, and when Reichert took a commanding lead, the crowd exploded with cheers and excitement.
At Overtyme Bar and Grill on Pio Nono Avenue, Ellis' supporters were chanting "Jack is back". As the numbers rolled in, everyone remained confident, Ellis would take the top spot or at least make it to the runoff.
"We worked hard, we don't have anything to hold our heads down about, we have no second guesses here, we went out and did what we planned to do and that is the our message to the voters," Ellis said.
In 2011, Reichert defeated Ellis in one of the closest mayor races ever. Ellis was in office for 8 years.
Runoff elections will be held on October 15.