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Watkins trails Hill by wide margin in sheriff's race
by Bill Baldowski
November 07, 2012 12:01 AM | 4194 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Billy Williams, the polling manager at the Morrow 9 precinct, said that although it isn’t impossible for a candidate to win a race as a write-in, the odds are stacked against him.

With 35 of 60 Clayton County precincts reporting, it looks as though the write-in candidacy for sheriff of Clayton County, waged by Chief Deputy Garland Watkins, has bowed to the odds.

At this juncture of the vote count, Victor Hill, who won the July 31 general primary defeating current sheriff, and Watkins boss, Kem Kimbrough, holds a commanding lead in the race, taking 75.2 percent of the vote to Watkins 16 percent.

In other important races, that for seats on the Clayton County Board of Education, two incumbents have yet to achieve the 50 percent of the vote plus one vote margin at this juncture of the count, to take their seat without a runoff.

In the District Two race, incumbent Wanda Smith has garnered 35.8 percent of the vote while her nearest challenger, Mark Christmas, has 28.5 percent. Trailing the front runners are Jermaine Coleman with 22.5 percent and Melody Totten with 12.7.

In the BOC District 7, incumbent Trinia Garrett has 47.1 percent but Judy Johnson has closed fast, now having 39.6 percent. The third candidate, Lois Wright, has 13.5 percent.

In the other BOE races, O.S. Burroughs has garnered 58.1 percent of the vote to challenger Xavier Ross’ 41.4 percent in an effort to reclaim her District 5 seat while District 6 incumbent Mary Baker has 50.8 percent while challenger Janice Scott has come on strong, garnering 48.7 percent.

In the Public Service Commission race, Democratic challenger Steve Oppenheimer holds an in-surmountable lead over Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton with Oppenheimer having garnered 81.5 percent of the vote to Eaton’s 15.9 while a third candidate has 2.2 percent.

Although Georgia went heavily for Republican Mitt Romney, Clayton County heavily supported the president as Barack Obama netted 84.9 percent of the vote to Romney’s 14.4.

Georgia’s House of Representative incumbent Democrats, John Lewis in District 5 and David Scott in District 13, are running away with their races as Lewis has captured 86.3 percent of the vote and Scott, 86.2.

In the decisions Clayton County residents were to make on the constitutional amendments, the charter school amendment was being heavily approved, taking, to this point, 71 percent of the vote while Sunday package sale of alcohol was also doing well, with 68.3 percent supporting it.

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