2018-05-30 / Front Page

May 22 election results

Early County voters made their voices heard along with voters across the state in last week’s Primary and Special Election. Several election outcomes will not be determined until the July 24 Runoff Elections.

TSPLOST approved

All Early County voters’ eyes were on the outcome of the TSPLOST referendum which, if approved would provide an estimated

$5.5 million over the next five years. Voters approved the referendum by a margin of 858-795 (52%-48%).

Cannon re-elected

The only local election on the ballot was for the District 4 Board of Education seat in which incumbent James Cannon defeated T.G. Floyd by a margin of 306- 167 (65%-35%).

Sunday alcohol questions

Two City of Blakely Sunday alcohol sales questions were on the ballot.

City voters approved “Sunday Alcohol Drink Sales” by a margin of 381-322 (54%-46%). The measure will allow food establishments to serve alcohol by the drink on Sundays.

City voters defeated “Sunday Alcohol Package Sales” by a margin of 390-315 (55%-45%). The measure would have allowed the sale of packaged beer, wine and whiskey.

Superior Court Judge

Henry Balkcom and Charles “Chip” Stewart will be facing off to determine who will be the next Superior Court Judge of the Pataula Judicial Circuit. Balkcom led the four candidates with 2,580 (33.47%) votes. Stewart had 2,289 (29.69%) votes.

Megan Lane Connell received 1,708 (22.16%) votes and Keith Day had 1,132 (14.68%) votes.

Notebly, each of the candidates carried their home county, with Keith Day receiving 558 (32.92%) of the votes in Early County.

Statewide elections

Early County voters aligned with voters across the state in elections at the top of the ballots. Governor

Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp were the top vote-getters in the Republican Primary for governor and will face off in the July xx runoff election.

Cagle garnered 236,479

39.01%) of the votes statewide. Kemp earned a place on the runoff ballot with 154,8944

25.55%) of the votes.

Cagle received 391 (41.64%) votes in Early County to Kemp’s 305 (32.48%).

On the Democratic ballot gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams garnered 422,509 (76.44%) of the votes to defeat Stacey Evans who received 130,241 (23.56%) votes. In Early County, Abrams received 559 (82.09%) of the votes to Evans’ 122 (17.91%).

Other runoff races

Republican Lt. Gov. candidates, David Shafer and Geoff Duncan, will face off again in the July 24 runoff.

Republican Secretary of State candidates, Brad Raffensperger and David Belle Isle will also be in the runoff.

Visit the following link for complete election returns... http://results.enr.clarityelections.co m/GA/74658/Web02- state.198804/#/access-to-races

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