The Senate looks more and more like a Kingston-Perdue runoff. Handel remains 30,000 votes behind with more counties reporting. It still looks like Buck and Woods in School Superintendent runoff. All the barking about Nancy Jester gave her only 10% of the vote, compared to between 17% and 19% for the runoff winners.
At the moment in the Senate 9 race, it’s Mike Beaudreau with 40%, P.K. Martin with 32% and Don Balfour with 28%. If that holds, it would qualify as a major upset. Jack Murphy will go into a runoff against Michael Williams in Forsyth County.
Wes Cantrell continues to lead Sam Moore and Megan Biello in HD 22. I’ve met Wes, and he will represent the district well if he’s the ultimate winner. Meanwhile, it looks like House Education Chair Brooks Coleman will win without a runoff against Jef Fincher and Dahlys Hamilton.
It’s been nice providing these updates, but it’s getting late. Return on Wednesday and later for more commentary on what this all means.
It’s still Perdue – Kingston – Handel in the Senate Race. Politico is calling second place for Kingston. Handel has 30,000 votes to make up, and more and more of metro Atlanta is reporting, leaving her less room to gain. School Superintendent race remains Buck vs. Woods.
Bob Johnson has eked out a 1,000 vote lead over Johm McCallum for second place in the first district. Hank Johnson holds on to a 10 point lead in the fourth, while Hice leads Collins in the 10th. That should be the final pairing there. In the 11th, it’s likely Loudermilk vs. Barr. In the 12th, Allen looks like he may win without a runoff.
Balfour continues to trail Beaudreau and Martin in the 9th district Senate race. Kennedy holds a 50 vote lead in the 18th. Cantrell and Reeves lead in the Moore and Gregory races, respectively. In Gwinnett, it looks like Brooks Coleman might make it to the general without a runoff, with 55% of the vote, ahead of Jef Fincher and Dahlys Hamilton. Michael Brown leads David Hancock in the race to replace Josh Clark, and Renita Hamilton leads Tim Hur by 14 votes in the Democratic primary for HD 105. The winner gets to challenge Joyce Chandler in November.
74 counties have completely reported results. Perdue leads Kingston in the Senate race, 30% to 28%. Handel is behind at 20%. It’s still Buck and Woods in the State School Superintendent’s race. Bob Johnson leads John McCallum in the 1st Congressional district by about 400 votes for second place. Buddy Carter remains in first.
Hank Johnson leads Tom Brown in the 4th, while Barry Loudermilk leads Bob Barr in the 11th. Rick Allen continues to stay above 50% in the 12th, as Dutton and Yu follow.
In state races, P.K. Martin leads Mike Beaudreau and Don Balfour in Senate 9, but it’s really close, and still early. Elena Parent leads Kyle Williams 66-34%. Spencer Price leads John Kennedy by 57 votes in a close race. Speaker David Ralston appears to have defeated Sam Snider, 65%-35%. Wes Cantrell maintains his lead over Sam Moore and Megan Biello, while Charles Gregory is behind Bert Reeves by a little less than 100 votes.
Mike Jacobs has a solid lead over Catherine Bernard, while Beth Beskin leads in the race to take over Ed Lindsey’s old seat. Jesse Petrea has a strong lead over Martin Sullivan in HD 166.
Kingston and Perdue are withing 12 votes of each other, with 30% of the vote each. Handel with 18%, but we are just starting to get metro Atlanta votes in.
Buck and Woods lead on the GOP School Super race. Carter and McCallum lead in the first congressional district. Hank Johnson leads 53%-47% in the 4th, while Collins and Hice continue to battle it out in the 10th. Barr and Loudermilk in the 11th, while Rick Allen might make it without a runoff in the 12th.
In other races, John Kennedy and Spencer price are almost 50-50, with Price having a slight lead. Kyle Williams leads Elena Parent 59%-41% in Jason Carter’s old Senate seat. Speaker David Ralston leads 65%-35% over Sam Snider. Cantrell leads Biello by a slight margin, while Charles Gregory leads Bert Reeves by five votes early. In Gwinnett all three candidates are north of 30% with Mike Beaudreau leading P.K. Martin, and Don Balfour bringing up the rear, but it’s early.
According to Greg Bluestein of the AJC, the AP has called the Governor’s race for Nathan Deal. He currently leads with 72% over David Pennington with 16% and John Barge with 12%.
In the 10th Collins has a slight lead over Hice, but they will likely make the runoff. Early results in the 11th have Loudermilk with 42% and Barr with 25%. No one else is real close. At the moment, it’s Allen and Delvis Dutton in the 12th, with Yu not far behind Dutton.
Wes Cantrell leads in House District 22 with 39%, followed by Megan Biello with 36% and Sam Moore with 25%.
One county has completely reported its results. Unfortunately, I don’t think Glascock County is going to have a huge influence on any but local races.
With a little over 45,000 votes cast in the GOP Senate race, it’s Kingston 37%, Perdue 28% and Handel 14%. Richard Woods narrowly leads Mike Buck in the GOP School Superintendent race. Mike Collins and Jody Hice each have over 30% to lead the 10th Congressional. Still no results in the 11th, and Allen leads, while Yu and Dutton are within a percentage point of each other in the 12th.
One of the issues with the SOS election results website is that it isn’t mobile-enabled. So, if you go to view it on your phone, it’s a challenge, because you’re getting a laptop view. We understand the SOS office is trying to fix the problem.
With north of 18,000 votes reported, Jack Kingston has a big lead over David Perdue and Karen Handel, 47% – 24% – 13%. But, the night is still early with mostly southern Georgia (and no metro) counties reporting. Nathan Deal has a 74% lead over his two competitors.
The polls in Georgia are now closed, although anyone in line to vote will be able to. That means we will soon start to see election results on the Secretary of State’s website.
Low turnout in Metro Atlanta seems to be part of the equation. My checking around in Gwinnett showed low turnout around 2 PM, and a few precincts checked at 6 PM had turnout between 60 and 70% of what it was in 2010.
On his radio show, Erick Erickson reported strong turnout in Congressional District 1 to replace Jack Kingston, which could bode well for his bid to make the Senate runoff, especially if the Atlanta turnout remains low.
I’ll try to keep this post up to date with results from the Republican Senate and Governors races, contested Congressional races, and selected other races across the state. Feel free to chime in in the comments if there is a result you would like to see, or if you see anything interesting.