Final election day updates: House candidate says ‘I had a heart attack’ Monday, ‘still in the game.’   Tonight’s three viewing party locations.

Final election day updates: House candidate says ‘I had a heart attack’ Monday, ‘still in the game.’ Tonight’s three viewing party locations.


Candidate says he had a heart attack on Monday; still in the race: This from Democratic state House District 14 candidate John Burnette:

“Good morning, friends. I want to thank everyone for the prayers and well wishes. I had a heart attack (Monday) evening but feeling much better this morning. I will be having a heart cath after lunch to see what needs to be done. Thanks… love y’all! I’m still in the game so cast those ballots!”

Burnette is challenging incumbent Republican state Rep. Katie Dempsey for the district that includes Greater Rome.

Strong turnout during first hours of voting: We continue to hear of strong turnout across Floyd County on this election day.

  • East Lindale at 4:15 p.m. The voter arrived at 4:15 p.m. with 30 people in line. It took 25 minutes in all. One issue noted: People were reading the amendments for the first time and deciding how to vote on each.
  • Alto Park area precincts: Voter counts were at 428 and 498 at 2 p.m. with five hours left to vote.
  • Floyd Springs: A 45-minute wait for one voter soon after the doors opened at 7 a.m. And while there was a crowd, one thing he did notice: fewer voting stations than before. A later voter there noted he was no. 32 in line. Fewer machines there — but also many more voters than normal.
  • Senior center: “Over at the senior center to vote this morning. Over 100 deep in line. There is never a line here.”
  • Coosa High: “No line at all at Coosa High School.  Made it all the way to vote and still got food on my lunch hour!”
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  • Floyd County Republican Party is hosting an election results watch party at Hawthorn Suites beginning at 6 p.m. The local GOP candidates will be on hand. Open to all; free food; cash bar. RSVP at 706-290-0233.
  • The Floyd County Democratic Party is meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott on West Third Street to watch tonight’s results. 7:30 p.m. start.
  • Rome City Brewing Co. opens tonight at 5 for viewing party open to all. Kitchen will be open as well.
  • Nov. 15: League of Women Voters of Rome-Floyd County meets from 6 until 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. 101 E. Fourth Ave.


We’ll have updates from Floyd, Bartow, Gordon,  Polk and Chattooga counties on our websites. Also:

Statewide, local elections results from the Secretary of State Office: Georgia

Floyd County elections results: Floyd

Bartow County elections results: Bartow

Gordon County elections results: Gordon

Polk County elections results: Polk or check WGAA

How will 2018 compare to past votes?

Below please find a final look at advance/mail-in/absentee votes cast this election cycle vs. the turnout for three earlier general elections — the 2016 and 2012 presidential votes as well as the 2014 midterm votes. Source: Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.


2018 advance/early votes: 15,846 votes.

2016 turnout (presidential): 76.7 percent or 35,017 voters.

2014 turnout (midterm): 47.8 percent or 21,243 voters.

2012 turnout (presidential): 69.9 percent or 33,028 voters


2018 advance/early votes: 15,575 votes.

2016 turnout (presidential):  76.3 percent or 39,855 votes.

2014 turnout (midterm): 46.7 percent or 23,147 votes.

2012 turnout (presidential): 71.4 percent or 36,180 votes.


2018 advance/early votes: 8,595 votes.

2016 turnout (presidential): 76.7 percent or 19,129 votes.

2014 turnout (midterm): 44.15 percent or 10,476 votes.

2012 turnout (presidential): 62 percent or 16,989 votes.


2018 advance/early votes: 8,150 votes (that almost matches all the votes cast in the 2014 midterm election).

2016 turnout (presidential): 70.7 percent or 14,323 votes.

2014 turnout (midterm): 45.7 percent or 8,216 votes.

2012 turnout (presidential): 71.1 percent or 13,696 votes.


2018 advance/early votes: 3,650 votes.

2016 turnout (presidential): 75.4 percent or 8,373 votes.

2014 turnout (midterm): 45.5 percent or 4,958 votes.

2012 turnout (presidential): 66.9 percent or 7,923 votes.

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