Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris wins election by more than 21K votes

Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 10:59 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - As of 2 a.m. Friday, results show incumbent Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris takes the election with more than 21,000 votes.

Thursday night as the votes were still being tallied, opponent Worth Morgan said his odds of becoming Shelby County mayor did not look good.

He did not choose to concede; instead, he told his constituents he wanted to hold out for more voting precincts to announce their results.

“The one thing that was the most difficult, I think, about this whole experience -- yes there was some excitement, yes there were people who were tuned in but this was a low voter turnout,” said Morgan. “And we had apathy from people that are affected by local government, that have their days, their lives affected every day by local government and we’re just not seeing them show up in the vote.”

He cited there are 500,000 people registered to vote and only 150,000 voters were expected to vote in this election.

Harris received over 77,140 votes with Morgan behind at 56,072.

We will update this story with any remarks from Harris on his win.

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