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Clayton incumbents doing well in early vote count
by Bill Baldowski
November 06, 2012 10:21 PM | 2914 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although only two of 60 Clay-ton County precincts have reported with a long night of counting re-maining, most of the incumbents are ahead in the early vote count.

For any candidate to win his seat without a runoff, he has to take 50 percent of the vote plus one vote.

The only election contest where the incumbent trails is that for the Public Service Commission where Democratic challenger Steve Op-penheimer has taken an early com-manding lead over Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton with Op-penheimer taking 82 percent of the vote to Eaton’s 15.6 percent.

In the Clayton County Board of Education election, the closest race in the early going is in District 6 where incumbent Mary Baker holds a slim 2.9 percent lead over chal-lenger Janice Scott with Baker having garnered 51.3 percent of the vote over Scott’s 48.3 percent.

In the District 2 race, incumbent Wanda Smith has tallied 36.3 percent of the vote to hold an 8.3 percent lead over her nearest chal-lenger, Mark Christmas, who has tallied 28 percent. The other two candidates trail well behind as Jermaine Coleman has netted 22.3 percent and Melody Totten, 12.9 percent.

In the other BOE races, District 5 incumbent O.S. Burroughs has a strong lead over challenger Xavier Ross, with Burroughs netting 59.6 percent of the vote to Ross’ 39.9.

In the District 7 BOE race, in-cumbent Trinia Garrett holds an eight percentage-point lead over her nearest challenger, July Johnson, as Garrett has tallied 46.8 percent to Johnson’s 38.8. The other candi-date, Lois Wright, is trailing with 13.9 percent.

In the presidential race, pollsters have already put Georgia in the Mitt Romney camp, despite Clay-ton County voters having over-whelmingly supported the presi-dent.

In that race, Obama has taken 85.3 percent of the vote to Rom-ney's 14.1 percent.

In the U.S. House of Represen-tatives races, both Democratic incumbents hold huge leads. In House District 5, John Lewis has garnered 87.1 percent to Republi-can challenger Howard Stopeck’s 12.6 while, in House District 13, incumbent David Scott has taken 86.4 percent of the vote to chal-lenger Shahid Malik’s 13.5 percent.

In the race for Clayton County sheriff, Victor Hill has 73.5 percent of the vote to write-in candidate Garland Watkins 26.4 percent.

In the constitutional amend-ments decisions, Amendment One, the charter school amendment, Clayton voters overwhelming support it with 71.6 percent of the vote to 28.3 percent opposed.

In the constitutional amendment regarding Sunday alcohol sales in Clayton, voters support it 67.4 percent to 32.5 percent opposed.

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