A few notes on Chatham County’s election results

A few notes on the election results down here on the coast in Chatham County:

The race for Savannah-Chatham school board president went much as expected. Jolene Byrne took almost exactly 40 percent and enters the runoff against David Simons (21.5 percent). Byrne would seem well-positioned.

Buddy Carter took 49.3 percent of the vote in Chatham County in the Republican primary to replace Jack Kingston from District 1 in the U.S. House. That’s a bit lower than I expected, and Carter’s overall district total of 36.2 percent means that he will face Bob Johnson (22.7 percent) in the runoff. (Click here for statewide results.)

In the Republican primary for the open U.S. Senate seat, longtime Savannah resident Jack Kingston took 78.3 percent of the vote (12,000+ votes more than either Perdue or Handel). No surprise at all that Kingston did so well in Chatham County, but it’s worth noting that he had similar margins throughout much of south Georgia — I might have more on that later.

Click here for additional results from Chatham County.


  1. xdog says:

    “it’s worth noting that he had similar margins throughout much of south Georgia”

    No kidding. Kingston rolled like a big wheel in south GA. There’s getting out the vote and there’s blowing away the opposition and Kingston’s people took the second route. I look forward to your comments on how they delivered.

  2. drjay says:

    wow, i am so out of it–i did not realize these were the results everyone was expecting for school board president–admittedly i have been significantly less active in local politics over the last two years–but i had figured simons was the front runner and had a lot of advantages heading into yesterday, i know there were some hiccups, but i thought they were just that, byrne ran a really really good campaign…i had figured simons would finish first and that byrne would be trying to squeak past whichever was thought of as the strongest minority candidate for a runoff spot…this race really surprised me, most of the others not so much…

    • Ellynn says:

      The hiccups left Simmon with less the 30% of the vote in his base voting districts. Wilmington and Whitmasrch had over 50% Bryne. I expect Simons lead to increase when the count the Early vote totals. Alot of business and doctor types vote early so their schedules are not effected. The Ellis is the remaining 10% Bryne needs, and after the letter he sent to “select” board members, I don’t see those votes going to Simons.

    • Bill Dawers says:

      After Byrne picked up endorsements from a few key voices in the community and after seeing the sheer passion for her election among some groups of parents with children in the public system, I thought she had a decent chance of breaking 50 percent in Tuesday’s election.

      All that said, lots of odd things can happen in runoffs . . .

  3. polpol says:

    Simons only took two boxes in the westside and did not even carry his own precinct. While Ellis won one inner city box, Byrne took Simons by a 2 -1 margin in every other box. Simons wrongly anticipated that he would carry 85% of the Republican vote but only garnered between 20 and 25%

  4. drjay says:

    If I read that right the third place finisher will get a spot now in the runoff…which makes this a whole new race…

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