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Clayton elections yield four runoffs
by Bill
August 02, 2012 10:51 AM | 4652 views | 3 3 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Clayton County voters will return to the voting booth Aug. 21 as last Tuesday’s election resulted in four runoffs.

Those races include that for senate district 44, sheriff, commission chairman and the Clayton County Commission District 3 seat.

According to officials with the Clayton County Elections and Registration Office, 25 percent of the Clayton’s 150,807 registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

Annie Bright, director of the Clayton County Elections and Registration office, said in an election, a candidate must take 50 percent of the total votes cast in that race plus one additional vote to be declared the winner without a runoff.

In the District 44 senate race, challenger Gail Buckner and incumbent Gail Davenport ran neck-and-neck throughout the evening. The results show Buckner finishing with 45.8 percent of the vote to Davenport’s 45.2.

In the race for sheriff of Clayton County, incumbent Kem Kimbrough led throughout the evening but challenger and former sheriff Victor Hill remained on his coattails. Kimbrough garnered 42.4 percent of the vote to Hill’s 37.5 percent.

The only remaining candidate in that race to finish with more than one percent of the vote was Clayton County Police Lt. Tina Daniel, who finished third with 12.9 percent.

The commission chairman’s race saw challenger Jeff Turner and incumbent Eldrin Bell neck-and-neck throughout the evening on Tuesday and, when the final votes were tallied, the two were separated by four tenths of a percentage point with Bell garnering 41.95 percent of the vote to Turner’s 41.91 percent.

The third candidate, Roberta Abdul-Salaam, finished with 16.1 percent.

In the Clayton County Commission District Three race, incumbent Wole Ralph and challenger Shana Rooks ran a close race throughout the evening with Ralph finishing on top with 44.07 percent of the vote to Rooks 42.7.

In another close race throughout the evening, that for District 78 seat in the House of Representatives saw the winner declared by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office late yesterday.

Challenger Demetrius Douglas edged incumbent Glenn Baker, taking 50.56 percent of the vote to Baker’s 49.4 percent.

In other races, Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham-Lawson turned aside the challenge of Leslie Miller Terry, taking 58.7 percent of the vote to Miller Terry’s 41.2.

In an upset, former state representative Mike Glanton defeated incumbent Yasmin Neal for the House District 75 post, with Glanton taking 55.9 percent of the vote to Neal’s 44.0.

In the District 76 House race, incumbent Sandra Scott retained her seat, taking 55.6 percent of the vote to Kim Cox Owens 25.9 percent.

In District 77, incumbent Darryl Jordan will return to the gold dome, amassing 55.9 percent of the vote to challenger Kevin Thomas’ 44.0.

Fifth District Congressman John Lewis easily retained his seat in Washington for another four years, taking 73.1 percent of the vote to his challenger, Michael Johnson’s 26.8 percent.

In House District 60 race, incumbent Keisha Waites retained her seat, garnering 64.8 percent of the vote to defeat three challengers.

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