Election Night Open Thread.

November 5, 2013 19:45 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 50 comments

There are local and special elections across Georgia. The Secretary of State will post results here as they become available.

There are also some elections in other places like New Jersey and Virginia that folks are paying attention to.

Feel free to discuss any of this below.

UPDATE: In the race to see which race would get called first, the New Jersey Governor’s race or the Atlanta Mayor’s race, Chris Christie wins.

peachpundit (@peachpundit) November 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

New post: Election Night Open Thread. http://t.co/U6bYLvsmUE #gapol

Buzz Brockway November 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Runoffs in two Duluth City Council races. Anderson-Bomar (I) vs. Cossette in post 1 and Dugan (I) vs. Grey in post 2.

Buzz Brockway November 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Riehm (I) defeats Toole in Norcross council race.

Buzz Brockway November 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Christie wins New Jersey. Perhaps the least shocking news of the night.

Ed November 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

OMGOMGOMGOMG I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for ATL Mayor’s race results.

Ed November 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

So two things, why does the SoS office call the legislative elections “statewide” and how come there can be tallies for ATL Mayor but none of the other ATL-wide races? Just seems odd that they can only count one at a time. (#DieboldElectionStealing?)

greencracker November 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Ill throw some random kindling on your speculation.

Counties are required to upload their results to SoS using whatever software or protocol or whatnot that SoS specifies.

Cities are NOT required to do that protocol.

Now, so, why SoS would have some ATL races and not others, I don’t know.

Phil Gingrey (@PhilGingreyMD) November 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Election Night Open Thread. — Peach Pundit http://t.co/JNOF0HkPp9 #gapol

Jon Richards November 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm

This appears to be the source for Fulton Races.

Buzz Brockway November 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Ed November 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Who said your vote doesn’t count…

John Vestal November 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm


Buzz Brockway November 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Dan Curry (I) reelected mayor of Loganville.

Jon Richards November 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Also in Loganville, Rey Martinez, Mark Kiddoo and Chuck Bagley are elected to City Council. In Norcross, Charlie Riehm is re-elected and Linda Jenkins wins a city council seat in Grayson.

Buzz Brockway November 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

A virtual Mayor Reed leads the crowd in a dance.

Jon Richards November 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

In Snellville, Tom Witts (I), Bobby Howard (I) and Barbara Bender win city council seats in a hard-fought election.

Nathan November 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

The City of Fort Oglethorpe passes Sunday Sales for by the drink and package sales. Two city council incumbents who voted to fire the previous city police chief and public works director lost by a large margin. The only incumbent who survived (he voted to keep the previous police chief and public works director) by winning his race pretty overwhelmingly.

Walker County looks to renew SPLOST for another 6 years. LaFayette has a new mayor: Andy Arnold.

Jon Richards November 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm

With 44% of precincts reporting, SPLOST votes are 73% Yes and 27% No in Lowndes County.

Jon Richards November 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

In the Statesboro mayor’s race, Jan Moore and Jonathan McCollar will face off in a runoff on December 3rd.

John Vestal November 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Brannen 238 (20.69%)
McCollar 563 (35.52%)
Moore 630 (39.75%)
Thomas 64 (4.04%)

2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) November 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

From @peachpundit Election Night Open Thread. – There are local and special elections across Georgia. The Secretar… http://t.co/U2e4v6mWvM

Buzz Brockway November 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Keith Roche and Larry Troutman in a runoff in Lawrenceville Council race.

George Chidi November 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

The tiny city of Pine Lake, in DeKalb County, population 700 when the weather is nice … has a tie.

I earned 117 votes for one of the three seats up for election. Erika Brown earned 114. And two others — Lynn Alexander-Ehrlicher and Jeri Jaremko — each received 67.

Lynn appears to have received a write-in vote, but it won’t count because the voter strangely didn’t check the box with her freaking name in it as well. Or perhaps the voter did, and then wrote it in as well just to make sure.

There is one single, lonely provisional ballot, which the DeKalb County elector may or may not count.

We’re all a little pissed here, because a run-off will cost the city $1500, and we had plans for that money. But we’re about to see what happens when we’ve got a tie.

John Vestal November 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Bake sale?

Oh, and CONGRATS, George!

saltycracker November 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

What kind of conditions would drive less than 1,000 people and a few hundred voters to support a city government ?

Ed November 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

“What kind of conditions”

Dekalb County

saltycracker November 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

Correct and costly

#1 Dekalb
#2 Egoism (as a form of government)

Buzz Brockway November 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

SD14: Thompson leads Laughridge
HD104: Efstration leads Cantrell
HD127: Prince leads Murphy

All appear headed to a runoff.

Jon Richards November 5, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Teresa Cantrell and Chuck Efstration will face a runoff in House District 104. Meanwhile, the Gwinnett SPLOST passes, 58% to 42%.

Mike Hassinger November 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I can’t believe nobody is posting the results of the Lexington City Council race in Oglethorpe County. Nice political coverage, guys.

Mike Dudgeon November 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

If you can trust Fulton County’s voter site (ahem…)..

Mayor Mike Bodker wins reelection in Johns Creek with 57%. One incumbent city councilman Randall Johnson loses to Dr. Leonard Zaprowski 67-32, and another incumbent Karen Richardson came in 2nd and will face Cori Davenport in a runoff. With the incumbent mayor winning and incumbent council seats losing, it would be reasonable to infer that the voters sided with Bodker in this almost year long dispute.

MattMD November 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Well, at least the Franklin Rd. bond measure passed in Marietta.

It’s sad that a sleaze like Terry McAuliffe is going to be the governor of Virginia. Thanks Tea Party, you helped a Grade-A dirt-bag get elected to a somewhat important state. To think I had to hold my nose while voting between Barnes and Deal…

Harry November 6, 2013 at 3:08 am

The Tea Party is America’s only salvation, but you’ll be late to that party.

George Dickel November 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

The Tea Party couldn’t even win in Mobile, Alabama.

Ellynn November 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

I read that guys Q&A with the local paper…

John Vestal November 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

He’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal™.

Harry November 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

If you miss the party, the party won’t miss you.

MattMD November 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

2010 was a flash in the pan, old man.

jstjoan November 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Henry County Checking in:

SPLOST passes 54% to 46%.
McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland was handily re-elected with 68% of the vote.
Hampton has a new Mayor. Congratulations to former Councilman Steve Hutchison.
Stockbridge appointed “Mayor” Mark Alarcon came in fourth out of four. Congratulations to Mayor-Elect Tim Thompson.

Lee at rootsinalpharetta.com November 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

In Alpharetta, incumbent Councilman Donald Mitchell seems to have won by seven votes. Mitchell made news earlier this year when he appeared on the reality show Big Rich Atlanta. On the show he was drunk, cursing and called women some unflattering things. Strangely that issue didn’t come up in the campaign against him.

northside101 November 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

MAtt MD:

Yes, McAuliffe defeated probably the only Republican candidate he could have beaten—”Taliban” Ken. Had Bill Bolling, the GOP Lieutenant Governor, won the party nomination, McAuliffe probably would have lost…Virginia also shows the perils of having a convention choose statewide nominees instead of a primary—at this writing, looks like the party, with its hard-right nominees, lost all 3 statewide races up there (governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general)—though attorney general is so close, a recount is likely. Not the first time Virginia Republicans have gone off a cliff with their nominees—in 1994 they chose Oliver North for the Senate, who could not even beat the scandal-plagued Chuck Robb in a stellar national year for the GOP (as in the same year the GOP won a majority in the US House and Gingrich became Speaker).

If you look at a map of Virginia, you would think Cucenelli won in a landslide—but alas, he did not win many of the population-heavy areas of the state, and lost badly in rapidly-growing, increasingly liberal Northern Virginia. Mr. C won many of the rural counties in coal country and the southside (below the James River)—but those aren’t the areas of growth in the Commonwealth.

In one sense, though, McAuliffe’s win was not surprising (just the closeness of it)—Obama won Virginia in both 2008 and 2012, and the state hasn’t given a landslide to a GOP presidential candidate (like a margin of 10 points or more) since 1988, Increasingly, it is a mid-Atlantic states, not a southern one.

benevolus November 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

I think I read somewhere that McAuliffe spent 4x as much as Cuch.

Charlie November 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

Down in my former home of Fayette, the Peachtree City Mayor lost his bid for re-election with 5! percent of the vote. Thus beating former Mayor Steve Brown’s record of 20%.

I guess this means Mayor Haddix can be Chairman of the Fayette County Commission in about 6 years.

griftdrift November 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

City of Moultrie passed sunday sales.

Much rejoicing on the Williams farm as we only have to go 3 miles to the skeevy Petro to get our Sunday beer.

Much sadness for that poor little convenience store in Coolidge which had a monopoly for the last year.

mcatl November 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Norwood Rocks! Charlie Harper of Cobb County Stay in your neeck of the woods! Sadly, blah, blah, blah, asd if driving in his SUV in Bhead is any indication. His commentary is a complete bunch of bunk and lies! I am a gay male liberal and hate the KOCH bothers and their Kasim funded PAC! Charlie ever drive down sotuhside?


Meanwhile: Mayor Reed defends Koch contributions to PAC!

What a Royal PAC Failure:

0 Watson
0 Muhummad
0 Mosby
0 Willis
Runoff McDaniel (Soon to be a Loser too)!

Sorry Mayor Reed. Not so Great after all!

Stefan November 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I’m not really sure the point of your screed, other than to inform all of us how poorly anger and grammar mix.

mcatl November 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Lol. Stefan. Nice name and looks. I can see while you are so miserable. Ugh. Anyeay. Go tort elsewhere. I cannot help that this website sucks rocks. It is peach pundit by some Cobb County fool. Anyway. Ciao. Trying to disperse falsehoods spread by team players. Go rake in some more money from losers who hire you. Bye.

Stefan November 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm


mcatl November 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Atlanta such a great place? How many of its people really turned out to support say Mayor Reed? 10-percent? And 10th biggest city. HA_LOL. Try 40th!

Look no furher than to the North Star – Minniepolis fro a true city movement. 40+ Mayoral Canidates. Progressive voting practices. 40+ or higher turnout. Usually the highest in the nation…

mcatl November 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm

What I really should say…with grammer and spell check not in tow…and without the benefit of a paralegal and secretary et al…is..Charlie Harper…when driving in republican white Buckhead sadly all he saw was Norwood signs..presumably according to him because she is white. Not male either. Sorry Hillary you had my vote too. But when on the mono culture and democratic southside it was all Watson signs…blacks supporting blacks. Wow. So Charlie Harper is a political genius in his Cobb County but Atlanta fortune 500 district. Such a tool and one who clearly puts race befire merit. So SteFan with a caputal F that is what I should have said. If you are white forget about it. The City too busy too hate. More like if I pkay along I get paid and come off as cool

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