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Surprises highlight early Clayton election results
by Bill Baldowski@neighbornewspaper.com
July 31, 2012 09:56 PM | 3525 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Clayton County Elections and Registration Supervisor Laterrial Francis hands out voting cards during early voting last week at the Historic Clayton County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
Clayton County Elections and Registration Supervisor Laterrial Francis hands out voting cards during early voting last week at the Historic Clayton County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
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Despite only six of 60 precincts reporting, some definite voting trends are developing in Clayton County.

In the hotly-contested race for sheriff, incumbent Kem Kimbrough has compiled 43.05 percent of the vote and clings to a 10 percentage point lead over his nearest challenger, former sheriff Victor Hill, who has 34.2 percent. Their nearest challenger, Clayton County Police Lt. Tina Daniel, trails with 14.3 percent while the remainder of the field has less than three percent of the vote.

In another tough race, that for chairman of the Clayton County Commission, former Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner has compiled 47.6 percent of the vote to that of incumbent Eldrin Bell with 37 percent. The third challenger in the race, Roberta Abdul-Salaam, trails with 15.3 percent.

In the Clayton County Commission District Two race, incumbent Gail Hambrick has a comfortable 74.5 percent of the vote to her nearest challenger, Thomas Houston’s, 16.7 percent.

In one of the most competitive races in the early going, Clayton County Commission District 3 incumbent Wole Ralph holds less than a one percentage point lead over challenger Shana Rooks, with Ralph having garnered 43.4 percent to Rooks 42.7 percent.

In the race for Clayton County district attorney, incumbent Tracy Graham-Lawson has a comfortable 61.6 percent of the vote to her challenger, Leslie Miller Terry’s 38.3.

In the race for the district 44 state senate seat, Gail Buckner has eclipsed the 50 percent vote mark, taking 50.06 of the vote, to the incumbent Gail Davenport’s, 42.6 percent.

In the race for the District 75 House of Representatives post, former lawmaker Mike Glanton holds a commanding 63.19 percent of the vote over the incumbent, Yasmin Neal’s 36.8 percent.

In other House races, District 76 incumbent Sandra Scott has a garnered 55.08 percent of the vote to her nearest challenger, Kim Cox Owens, who has 20.6 percent.

In District 78, incumbent Glenn Baker has compiled 55 percent of the vote to challenger Demetrius Douglas' 44.9 percent.

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