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Only 10 percent vote in runoff election
by Noreen Cochran
July 29, 2014 02:17 PM | 1444 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Henry County’s July 22 runoff election turnout topped out at 10 percent between advance and Election Day voting, with 11,759 ballots cast from a voter pool of 117,327.

Janet Shellnutt, director of Henry County Elections and Registration, predicted a light turnout.

“We only voted 2,374 during advance voting and have around 300 absentee ballots that have returned,” she said last Tuesday. “With checking with a few precincts this morning, it has been very slow.  I will be surprised if we make 15 percent this runoff.”

In the 11 U.S. District 10 precincts, 3,662 Republicans cast 1,965 votes, or 54 percent, for trucking company owner Mike Collins and 1,697 votes, or 46 percent, for radio talk show host Jody Hice.

But in the 25-county District 10, statewide results from 17 counties flip-flopped the results to put Hice at the forefront, with 26,975 votes, or 54 percent, to Collins’ 22,684, or 46 percent.

Hice will face Democrat Kenneth Dious in the Nov. 4 election.

County turnout was 14 percent for that race, out of 26,581 registered voters, for the Republican nominee for the seat vacated by Congressman Paul C. Broun.

Broun chose to run for the U.S. Senate, replacing the retiring Saxby Chambliss, and garnered 9 percent of the vote in the May 20 primary.

In the U.S. Senate runoff, businessman David Perdue battled Congressman Jack Kingston to be the Republican nominee.

Henry County voters supported Perdue, echoing state results.

Out of 10,287 votes cast in the county, Perdue garnered 5,980, or 58 percent, to Kingston’s 4,307, or 42 percent.

Statewide, Perdue took the nomination, narrowly defeating Kingston 51 percent, or 245,951 votes, to 49 percent, or 237,448 votes.

“Thank you for your support,” Perdue posted on his campaign website July 23. “I’m honored to be the Republican nominee. Now it’s time to unite. On to November.”

He faces Democrat Michelle Nunn in the general election.

Henry Republicans also chose Michael Buck over Richard Woods for state school superintendent.

Out of 8,736 votes, Buck earned 4,714, or 54 percent, and Woods walked away with 4,022, or 46 percent.

But Georgia voters gave the nod to Woods, in another close race in which Woods garnered just over 50 percent, with 199,453 votes, to Buck’s 198,740 votes, equaling 49.91 percent.

Buck may request a recount.

Henry Democrats favored Decatur school board chair Valarie Wilson over state legislator Alisha Morgan for superintendent, giving Wilson 877 out of 1,427 votes, or 61 percent, to Morgan’s 550, or 39 percent.

Statewide, Democrats also embraced Wilson, choosing her 54 percent to Morgan’s 46 percent.

Wilson ultimately earned 73,740 votes out of 135,622 cast, leaving 61,882 on the table for Morgan.

Either Buck or Woods will face Wilson in the Nov. 4 general election.

Incumbent John Barge chose to run for governor, losing in the primary to incumbent Nathan Deal.

Barge’s term expires Dec. 31.

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