Candidates in the special election for House Districts 2 and 22 are probably glad that the runoff was scheduled for this week rather than last Tuesday. After doing what they could to get voters to the polls back on January 7th, the worst day of the polar vortex, the prospect of a low turnout during a major snowstorm would have been disheartening.
In House District 2, which includes portions of Catoosa, Walker and Whitfield counties, Steve Tarvin of Chickamauga had 38% of the original vote, while Neal Florence of LaFayette had 34%. Apparently the campaigning has been nasty, forcing Congressman Tom Graves to issue a statement of neutrality on his campaign website after his picture was used on campaign materials.
In House District 22, Meagan Biello of Canton barely got by Jeff Duncan in January. With two more votes than Duncan, Biello will face Ball Ground’s Sam Moore in the runoff election. District 22 includes portions of Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton counties.
Polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM on Tuesday. Just over 9% of eligible voters turned out in January. Based on runoffs from past special elections, there will be even fewer voters at the polls, despite the warmer weather.