Gwinnett Results of note.

Incumbent Commission Chairman Charles Bannister told me Saturday he would win without a runoff and he just might. With 99.4% of the vote Bannister leads Lorraine Green 49.36% to 40.46%. There are still some absentee ballots to be counted but I hear the Green camp feels confident those votes will break her way.

Commission District 1 will also have a runoff. Former Duluth Mayor Shirley Lassiter leads while businessman Bruce Levell clings to a 15 vote lead over former Suwanee Councilwoman Carol Hassell. Some absentees are still to be counted in this race as well.

Commission District 3 saw Mike Beaudreau put a serious hurt on Doug Stacks 69.20% – 30.80%. As I’ve mentioned before I managed Mike’s campaign. Perhaps I’ll have more to say on this tomorrow if Stacks behaved as I hear he behaved tonight.

Bobby Reese (R House 98) easily defeated David Hancock 66% – 34% while Renee Unterman (R Senate 45) whopped up on Peggy Armstrong 62% – 38%. Armstrong ran a dirty, filthy, personal race, calling Unterman everything but a Lady. I take great delight in Armstrong’s drubbing.

8 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    If Gwinnett is being run like Cobb, the absentee ballot count was known as of 7:01 PM.

    There was a new law passed in 2007 that allowed absentee ballots to start being opened at 1:00 PM on Election Day.

    Then, at 3:00 PM on Election Day, the absentee ballots could start being run through the optical scanner.

    Any ballots that were kicked-out due to the inability of the scanner to interpret the voter’s intent (like, 3 ovals being all filled in on a 3-person race, or, 1 oval being crossed-off and another oval being filled-in on a 2-person race) had to be taken to a 3-person Absentee Ballot Voter Review Panel.

    Who makes-up the Panel? One representative from the Republican Party, one representative from the Democrat Party, and one designee to represent that Elections Superintendent.

    HOPEFULLY, Greg Howard actually got around to appointing someone from the Gwinnett GOP to be on his panel because the panel must be in place before the absentee ballots are run through the machine.

  2. Truthteller says:

    Last week, Jay Williams wrote:

    “We’ll see what happens Tuesday. When Bannister wins, for some reason, I don’t think we’ll find the “credibility and integrity” of Mark Rountree here explaining why a such a terrible mail program was able to help defeat such an impeccibly run Landmark campaign.”

    Jay, you have now been outed as an idiot. Well done.

    Seems Mark was right, huh?

  3. Truthteller says:

    Last week, Jay Williams wrote:

    “We’ll see what happens Tuesday. When Bannister wins, for some reason, I don’t think we’ll find the “credibility and integrity” of Mark Rountree here explaining why a such a terrible mail program was able to help defeat such an impeccibly run Landmark campaign.”

    Jay, you have now been outed as an idiot. Well done.

    Seems Mark was right, huh?

  4. HankRearden says:

    I hope Bruce Levell finds a way to win that runoff. He would make things very interesting.

  5. Bill Simon says:

    As reported in the AJC this morning, Lynne Ledford said that as of “10:30 pm” last night, she still had “8,000 absentee ballots to factor in”.

    So, apparently, Ms. Ledford did not implement the same changes in procedures for counting absentee ballots as allowed by OCGA 21-2-386(a) (G)(3).

    Man I love living in Cobb County where we have, not only the most honest elected officials (especially in law enforcement…hint, hint, to Gwinnett), but we have an elections superintendent who takes new laws and implements them to help speed-up and steamline election processes.

  6. debbie0040 says:

    There is a runoff for Chairman and for Commission District 1 after the absentees were counted.

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