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Board of Elections officials in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk counties have certified election results from Nov. 6, including provisional ballots. Those results have been uploaded to the Secretary of State. The latest results uploaded as of Friday evening:
Floyd: Certified results / 116 provisional ballots
Bartow: Certified Results / 31 provisional ballots
Gordon: Certified Results / 32 provisional ballots
Polk: Certified results / 2 provisional ballots
LATEST STATEWIDE UPDATES
Counties must certify results by Nov. 13: From Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden on Friday: “The Secretary of State holds a tremendous responsibility to Georgia’s voting electorate. I am honored and humbled by Governor Deal’s faith in me to take the helm and fulfill this responsibility. I intend to take on this role in the same way that I have approached my previous work in state government—with a focus on transparency and service to the people of our state. Today is my first full day serving as Secretary of State. Throughout the day, counties have been providing detailed reports to the Secretary of State’s office to account for all eligible ballots cast in the November 6, 2018 election. Once the Secretary of State’s office receives complete reports from all counties, we will publish these reports in an effort to ensure transparency and voter confidence in the election results.Under state law, counties must certify election results by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. State certification will take place after all counties have certified their results in accordance with the law. As Secretary of State, I am committed to election integrity, transparency, and statutory compliance.”
Any decision on a runoff likely will wait until the final count by the counties and then the state certification, says Candice Broce of the Secretary of State’s office.
With 3,924,317 votes counted (as of Saturday morning):
Kemp 50.33% / 1,975,077
Abrams 48.73% / 1,912,127
Metz: 0.95% / 37,113
Link to other state races: State results.
OTHER STATE RACES
Duncan wins lieutenant governor
Runoff for secretary of state
Public Service Commission seat headed to runoff?:
Carr wins attorney general (was appointed; now wins four-year term).
Black retains ag commissioner; Butler keeps labor commissioner; Woods returns as school superintendent.
The Stacey Abrams campaign has launched an aggressive voter awareness campaign as well as legal fight in a bid to force the governor’s vote into a runoff on Dec. 4. “We will fight for every vote, and we need your help to get it done,” says a post on Abrams’ energized Facebook page (click here). A series of ads also are up on newspaper websites, including the Rome News.
The Brian Kemp campaign fired back: “Stacey Abrams can’t accept the fact that Georgians rejected her radical agenda at the ballot box, so now she’s desperately trying to steal this election in the courtroom,” said Ryan Mahoney, Communications Director. “After realizing that it was mathematically impossible to win the race with votes outstanding, Abrams’ team has decided to file frivolous, politically motivated lawsuits that will force elections officials to break the law and add votes that didn’t exist on Election Day. Simply put: Abrams campaign is trying to create new votes, because they know it’s their only remaining hope. ”
Kemp resigns as secretary of state: Brian Kemp, the Republican gubernatorial nominee who says he’s won the close race with Democrat Stacey Abrams, is resigning as secretary of state. This note from his office:
“On the morning of November 8, 2018, Secretary of State Brian Kemp tendered his resignation – effective at 11:59 a.m. — to Gov. Nathan Deal. ‘We deeply appreciate Brian Kemp’s public service as Secretary of State. We will continue our work in this office on behalf of all Georgians. We are excited to welcome Robyn A. Crittenden to the agency to serve as our Secretary of State,’ stated Lorri Smith, Assistant Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Operating Officer.”
The move comes as a surprise as there were calls for Kemp to step aside during the contentious campaign. In declaring his win over Abrams on Wednesday afternoon, Kemp announced plans to immediately begin on transitioning duties from the incumbent governor to his administration that begins in January.
Kemp says he’s won the governorship, preparing for transition: This update in late Wednesday from Brian Kemp’s campaign staff:
“After county elections officials counted and reported absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election, businessman Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams by 1.6% – more than 64,000 votes.
“Brian Kemp earned nearly two million votes on Tuesday – by far the most of any gubernatorial candidate in our state’s history,” said Cody Hall, Press Secretary. “Absentee ballots are counted and Kemp leads his opponent by 64,000 votes. Based on counts released by the Secretary of State’s office, Brian Kemp’s margin is so large that the number of provisional ballots and overseas ballots will not change his Election Day victory. Simply put, it is mathematically impossible for Stacey Abrams to win or force a run-off election.
“… Brian Kemp will now begin his transition as governor-elect of Georgia…”
Not so fast, says Democrat Stacey Abrams: The latest from her Twitter account — ‘Let us be clear: This race is not over until every ballot is counted. If you had trouble voting or voted using a provisional (paper) ballot on Tuesday, call our Voter Protection Hotline ASAP to make sure your vote is counted: 1-888-730-5816.
“Movements for change are not built overnight, and they do not end when polls close. Our message has always been the same, and it is louder now than it has ever been: We are going to keep our word to Georgians and honor our commitment to voters.
We are focused on getting every vote counted, and we continue the fight – knowing full well that the Georgia we seek is always over the next hill.”
Nearly 58 percent of Floyd’s voters took part in the Nov. 6 election: 30,325 of the county’s 52,475 eligible voters went to the precincts Tuesday or voted early. That’s 57.8%. Compared to the 2014 midterm elections, that’s 9,000 or so more voters. Turnout then: 47.6%.
How we voted:
Katie Dempsey (R) wins new term representing House District 13
Dempsey: 10,302 / 66.6%
Burnette: 5,168 / 33.4%
Rhonda Wallace (R) easily wins another four years on Floyd County Commission
Wallace: 21,490 / 72.6%
Wright: 8,103 / 27.4%
Chuck Hufstetler (R) dominates state Senate District 52 race (Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Chattooga votes)
Hufstetler: 35,630 / 75.6%
Ross, Democrat: 11,504 / 24.4%
- Below: Precinct by precinct look at how each locally contested race went.
Alto Park: Hufsteteler, Dempsey, Wallace dominate their races by 78% or better.
Armuchee: Hufstetler, Wallace cruise.
Barkers: Domination by Hufstetler, Wallace.
Cave Spring: Wins for Hufstetler, Wallace.
Chulio: Easy wins for Hufstetler, Wallace.
East Lindale: Hufstetler by 78%; Dempsey by 78%; and by 77.5%
East Rome: Mid 55% range for Hufstetler, Dempsey, Wallace.
Etowah: Hufstetler, Wallace win.
Everett Springs: Easy “w’s” for Hufstetler, Wallace.
Floyd Springs: 90% win by Hufstetler, 89% by Wallace.
Fosters Mill: Hufstetler by 85%; Wallace by 83%.
Garden Lakes: 70-plus percent wins for Hufstetler, Wallace.
Glenwood: 78% or better wins for Hufstetler, Dempsey and Wallace.
Howell: Near 90% winds for Hufstetler, Wallace.
Mount Alto North: Hufstetler by only 57%; John Burnette over Katie Dempsey, 52.6-47%; Wallace by 56.6-43-1% over Wright.
Mount Alto South: Hufstetler by almost 63%; Dempsey by 68%; Wallace by 61.5%
North Carolina: 83% wins by Hufstetler, Wallace.
North Rome: Wins by Hufstetler, Dempsey, Wallace, all in the 55% range.
Riverside: 75-plus percent wins by Hufstetler, Dempsey, Wallace.
South Rome: Evan Ross with a 74.3-24.5 win over Hufstetler; 71.8-28.2% win by Burnette over Dempsey; and Wright over Wallace, 77.1-22.9%
Texas Valley: Wins in the 88% range for Hufstetler, Wallace.
Town Rome: Hufstetler, Dempsey, Wallace each win by 60% or better margin.
Vann’s Valley: Wins in the 77% for Hufstetler, Dempsey, Wallace.
Watters: Easy victory by Hufstetler, Wallace.
West Lindale: 79 to 80% wins by Hufstetler, Dempsey, Wallace.
Graves, Loudermilk easily win new terms:
District 14: Tom Graves defeated Steven Foster, 78-22%
District 11: Barry Loudermilk swamps Flynn Broady, 64.2-39.8%
Special election to fill House District 14 seat: Christian Coomer has been appointed to the state appeals court, opening the House seat. Qualifying has yet to begin but already at least three candidates have declared they’ll run for the district that includes parts of Bartow and Floyd counties. A special election date has yet to be set.
WHO’S ALREADY IN FOR NEW TERMS:
State Rep. Eddie Lumsden (new 2-year term).
County commissioners Scotty Hancock, Larry Maxey (new 4-year terms).
Floyd County Board of Education members Chip Hood, Tony Daniel (new 4-year terms).