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In the end, it wasn’t as close as most of us predicted.
Veteran Assistant District Attorney Kay Ann Wetherington easily defeated challenger Emily Matson by a 5,810-4,125 vote margin (58.42-41.58 percent). Wetherington, who carried all but one of Floyd County’s 25 precincts, will be sworn in come January, replacing the retiring Superior Court Judge Tami Colston.
These results come from the Secretary of State’s office because, as of 11:12 p.m., they’ve yet to make their way to the county’s election website. Look for immediate changes within the elections board based on the calls, comments and texts we’ve received tonight.
As for the superior court race: Wetherington wasted no time in jumping into the race and was the presumed favorite from Day One because of her courtroom experience and contacts within the criminal justice community as well as in the county’s volunteer community. She immediately had signs out, ads in place and volunteers mobilized.
Matson’s campaign never recovered from a slow start but closed hard with repeated trips to crowded Broad Street on weekend nights.
Both candidates also went grassroots, at times following each other in the same neighborhoods, hanging flyers from door knobs. The final hours of the campaign featured representatives at key commuter spots throughout the city.
Matson, presumed to be the more conservative of the two, was expected to do well in the county precincts. And while some votes were close, all but one fell into Wetherington’s column.
More local votes:
In the governor’s race, Floyd Republicans picked Cagle over Kemp, 46.73% yo 22.35%. The two will meet in the runoff on July 24.
On the Democratic side, Stacey Abrams defeated Stacey Evans, 63.5-36.5%
Floyd County precinct-by-precinct results: Floyd
Floyd results from the state (entire ballot): State
With 25 of 25 precincts reporting.
Emily Matson: 4,125
Kay Ann Wetherington: 5,810
Precincts won by Matson: Floyd Springs.
Precincts won by Wetherington: The remaining 24 precincts with a very dominant showing in the Rome precincts.
Statewide: Click here for updated results
Governor, Republican: Runoff official for Cagle and Kemp for GOP nomination on July 24. Cagle at 39 percent, Kemp at 25 percent.
Governor, Democrat: Abrams built a 76-24% lead over Evans. Abrams claims victory in primary race. GOP wastes no time in sending first attack email about Abrams just after 9:30 p.m.
GOP Lieutenant Governor: Runoff between David Shafer and Geoff Duncan to face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico.
GOP Secretary of State: Runoff between Raffensperger and Belle Isle to face Democrat John Barrow.
School superintendent: John Barge fails in comeback bill as Woods wins GOP primary, 60-40 percent. Democratic runoff: Thornton vs. Chapman.
BARTOW COUNTY: Link
Two Bartow County Schools’ incumbents lose: Ross beats Howard, 65-35%; Davis Nelson falls 70-30% to Eggert.
SPLOST passes 61.6-38.4%
Matthew Gambrell sails to state House seat, defeating Allan Levene 87.4-12.6%
GORDON COUNTY: Results
Two school board incumbents losing. Final report shows Smith over Barnette, 57-43%, and Hall over Massey, 53.1-46.9%. Statewide: Cagle 41.4%, Kemp 25.9% (Republican). Democrats: Abrams over Evans, 57.6-42.4%.
No county in Northwest Georgia gets the votes counted faster than Gordon County.
The runoff primary on Tuesday, July 24. Advance voting will begin three weeks prior to that.