Kingston, Woods, and Wilson win locally in runoff
- Written by Robert Preston
- Published in News
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I like elections. I enjoy voting. I think taking an active part in choosing those who govern us is a great privilege. Apparently I am in the minority.
Only 1,423 voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s runoff election, which featured two races on the Republican ballot (U.S. Senate and state school superintendent) and one on the Democratic ballot (state school superintendent).
With no local races being contested, registered voters of Douglas-Coffee County showed little interest in the run-off. In the election for U.S. Senator, Coffee County’s former U.S. Representative Jack Kingston defeated David Perdue 855-311. On the Republican state school board ballot, Richard Woods defeated Michael Buck 556-468. Democrats also had the opportunity to cast their ballots in the race for state school superintendent; Valarie Wilson narrowly edged Alisha Thomas Morgan 121-119.
At the time of this writing, precincts around the state were still counting votes. About two hours after polls closed, no candidate held an advantage on the Republican ticket; both races were knotted at 50-50. In the Democrat state school superintendent race, Wilson was in the lead.
In the statewide runoff election, Perdue defeated Kingston, Wilson beat Morgan, and the race between Buck and Woods is still too close to call. As of Wednesday morning, just a few hundred votes separate the two and nobody is calling that one yet.
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