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Kittle tops Cagle Gray in School Board Post 4 race
by Monica Burge
November 06, 2012 08:18 PM | 6242 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The biggest news from Tuesday's election is the upcoming change to the Bartow County School Board.

In one of the few contested races in Bartow County, Republican Fred Kittle topped incumbent Wanda Cagle Gray for the board's Post 4 seat.

In unofficial numbers which have yet to be certified, Kittle had 56.68 percent of the votes to Cagle Gray's 43.32 percent.

In other races, Mitchell Bagley won the race for mayor of Taylorsville. Bagley won 46.5 percent of the votes.

Bartow County Chief Magistrate Judge Thomas Moseley had 76 percent of the votes compared to Democratic challenger Paul Nally, who had 23.95 percent.

Republican House District 15 Incumbent Paul Battles led Democrat Lelia Benham. Battles garnered 74.22 percent of the votes to Benham's 25.78 percent.

In the District 16 State House race Republican Trey Kelley topped Democrat Rick Crawford, 78.23 percent to 21.77 percent.

U.S. House of Representatives District 11 incumbent Phil Gingrey handily defeated Democrat Patrick Thomas, 76.16 percent to 23.84 percent.

All three freeport referendum items received majority "yes" votes in Emerson as did Sunday alcohol sales by the drink and by package.

Turnout at the polls was steady throughout the day but no long lines were reported. At the start of the day in some precincts there were voters standing in line when the polls opened at 7 a.m., but no problems were reported.

“We had no lines and no problems in Bartow County,” said Bartow County Board of Elections board member Mike Powell.

About 71 percent of Bartow’s 50,000-plus registered voters turned out in both early voting and on election day where

long lines had been expected and Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk had estimated a turnout of 75 percent.

Across the state early voting may have played a factor in less congestion at the polls. About 1.5 million voters cast early ballots. In Bartow County, 15,890 cast their ballots before Tuesday’s vote.

Final election numbers must be certified by the Secretary of State's office.

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