At the end of an election cycle it’s very easy to be jaded. Heck, that’s my default position. But the first note today goes out to Mike Beaudreau and P.K. Martin, who face off today to see who will be representing Gwinnett County in the State Senate. I like them both, and have avoided this runoff where possible. I applaud both of them for running. It isn’t easy to take on a powerful incumbent. Harder still when he has over a half million dollars to spend. Both of these men put their name on the line, and I applaud both for doing so. Whichever one wins will make a fine Senator.
I voted this morning in Marietta at 8:45am. I was the 37th voter. I was the 36th Republican. Only one Democratic ballot had been cast. While this may not seem unusual, I do live in a precinct represented by Steve Thompson. I have Democratic neighbors. But unlike May 20th when the Democrats pulled about 20% of the votes in my precinct, they don’t appear interested in voting today. My guess is DeKalb county, with it’s contested Sheriff’s race, will largely decide who the Democratic nominee for State School Superintendent is.
As for the Georgia Senate Race, I’m looking at the core suburban Atlanta counties. Kingston has virtually all of the GOP network on his side, from Tea Party to “establishment” – whatever that means. Perdue will need to do exceptionally well in the suburbs where people are more likely to be swayed by ads than direct interaction with a candidate and/or his supporters. Y’all have seen the same polls I have. My gut still tells me Jack takes this one.
I think by 8pm we’ll all be able to start guessing what Bob Barr’s next career move is. Feel free to avoid the rush and start now if you like.
I’ll admit I haven’t been on the ground as much as usual in GA-1 and GA-10, and won’t claim to know what’s going to happen here. I expect GA-10 to be the last Congressional race called tonight. I expect GA-1 to be slightly closer than it should be, given the late Club for Growth play in that race.
Feel free to share you own observations, experiences, or other pontifications below.