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.