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Runoffs a real possibility for voters
by Bill Baldowski
bbaldowski@neighbornewspapers.com
July 31, 2012 11:48 PM | 1432 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Clayton voter Jennie Peek looks to be pleased with her ballot selections as she was one of many county residents who voted early.
Clayton voter Jennie Peek looks to be pleased with her ballot selections as she was one of many county residents who voted early.
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It looks as though Clayton County voters will be headed back to the polls Aug. 21 to decide what is shaping up to be a number of runoffs.

With 30 of 60 precincts reporting, runoffs may are on the political horizon for Clayton County Commission chairman, state senate District 44, Clayton County sheriff and Clayton County Commission District 3.

At this juncture of the election results, senate District 44 challenger Gail Buckner has garnered 48.1 percent of the vote to the incumbent, Gail Davenport’s, 43.5.

In the race for Clayton County sheriff, incumbent Kem Kimbrough has netted 44.3 percent of the vote to Victor Hill’s 35.3. Kimbrough defeated Hill four years ago for the sheriff’s post.

In the race for Clayton County Commission chairman, challenger Jeff Turner’s lead over incumbent Eldrin Bell has dwindled from ten percentage points to a little over two with Turner netting 43.3 percent of the vote to Bell’s 41.3.

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises is the race for the Clayton County Commission District 3 post as incumbent Wole Ralph and challenger Shana Rooks has slugged it out in the political ring all night with Ralph now having garnered 43.5 percent of the vote to Rooks 43.07.

In other races that look to be edging on landslides, District 5 Congressman John Lewis has garnered 72.6 percent of the vote to challenger Michael Johnson’s 27.4 while in the District 60 state representative race, incumbent Keisha Waites has garnered 66.10 percent of the vote to her nearest challenger, Latrenka Riley’s 14.7.

In the race for Clayton district attorney, incumbent Tracy Graham-Lawson has 60.8 percent of the vote to challenger Leslie Miller Terry’s 39.1.

In other races, District 76 state Representative Sandra Scott has garnered 55.6 percent of the vote to 25.18 percent for nearest challenger Kim Cox Owens.

In the state House District 77 race, Darryl Jordan has taken 55.5 percent of the vote to challenger Kevin Thomas’ 44.4.

In House District 78, incumbent Glenn Baker still holds a lead over challenger Demetrius Douglas, having taken 52.8 percent of the vote to Douglas’ 47.1.

Turner said late Tuesday he was feeling good his bid for the commission chairman post. He saw the results at this juncture of the vote count, as an indication he had good support in the county.

“I am grateful for the support and if this race does go into a runoff, I will be out there emphasizing my platform and asking voters to return to the polls Aug. 21,” he said.



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