Moving very quickly to fill SH-72

The special election to fill the State House seat left open by Rep. Dan Lakly, who passed away at the end of last month, will be taking place one month and three days from today. Qualifying for the election begins this coming Monday (11/19) and runs through Wednesday the 21st, and the election itself will be December 18.

SH-72, which covers Peachtree City and part of Fayetteville, is an extremely strong Republican district; however, given the very brief campaign time, and the likelihood of a widely split Republican vote, this could possibly be the one chance Democrats may have to slip in a strong (or seemingly moderate) candidate and take this seat.

Only one person, Fayette County attorney Matt Ramsey, has announced for the race so far. He is running as a Republican. (Update: Thanks to RuralDem for pointing out in the comments that another candidate, Democrat Kevin Madden, has joined the race — at least according to his high-budget website, acquired via “Have a Website in 5 Minutes!”


  1. ChuckEaton says:

    I think if there ever was a time, I suppose the current conditions would be a Democrat’s best shot. I still think it’s extremely unlikely a Democrat could win due to the fact that 50% of the vote or a runoff is required.

  2. Republicans in Fayette County have their act together. I am sure that they will not allow this seat to slip away.

    Even if the Dems manage to take the seat, they will have a hard time retaining it next year. If history is any guide, Fayette Republicans (which comprise over 70 percent of the county’s electorate) will turn out in mass during the 2008 General Election.

  3. Jeff Emanuel says:

    The plural of anecdote is clearly not data, but I can tell you two things from experience: (1) Perdue didn’t get all of the GOP vote; some people that I know ignored the top of the ticket (or went Hayes out of protest) and voted R the rest of the way, and (2) SH-72 is a more conservative area of Fayette Co than is the county as a whole.

    (1) may have no bearing whatsoever on that info, but I believe that (2) does.

  4. CobbGOPer says:

    No Democrat will take this seat, it’s solid Republican territory and has been for a long time. And Ramsey seems to be keyed into the Republican and Peachtree City establishment down there, unless another Republican jumps into the mix I’d put my money on him.

  5. CobbGOPer says:

    Sorry, left out something in my last comment:

    Unless another Republican WITH GREATER NAME ID jumps into the mix I’d put my money on him.

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