Dave Roberson, Tom Caldwell in Aug. 11 runoff to be Floyd County’s next sheriff.
There were enough votes in those absentee ballots counted late Wednesday to push the three-candidate Republican sheriff’s battle into overtime. The early vote had sheriff’s Maj. Dave Roberson with more than 52 percent of the ballots cast. But absentees added another 5,279 to the post, giving former Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell a total of 5,079 votes — 34.3 percent — and Roberson 7,130 votes and 48.1 percent. One of the candidates had to have 50 percent of the vote to win outright.
So now Caldwell and Roberson begin two additional months of their two-year quest to replace Sheriff Tim Burkhalter who is retiring in January after four terms. There is no Democratic opposition in the Nov. 3 election.
- Tom Caldwell: 5,079 or 34.3%
- Ronnie Kilgo: 2,598 or 17.5%
- Dave Roberson: 7,130 or 48.1%
Said Roberson in a Facebook post early Thursday: “Thank you for your continued support and we will see you back at the polls in August. Please keep your signs out! I hope you will make your VOTE and your VOICE heard by voting for me one last time!”
We’ll get a comment from Caldwell later today.
- Clerk’s race: Also, the late count secured another term as clerk of courts Barbara Penson over Joe Costolnick. The two had been close in the early vote but absentees kept Penson ahead.
- Cowan takes Floyd County: In the other major Republican runoff, Dr. John Cowan did get the most votes in the 14th Congressional District race in Floyd County vs. district frontrunner Marjorie Taylor Greene. Cowan had the most absentee votes as well as advance votes; Greene’s election day results were the most of any of the eight GOP candidates on the Floyd ballot. Greene won in 11 of 12 counties in the congressional district. Of the 106,233 votes cast, Greene got 40 percent of the vote followed by Cowan at 20 percent. John Barge finished third with 8.7 percent.
- Complete Floyd County ballot results. Click Secretary of State
For more: Click Floyd results
U.S. House 14 (top three of eight)
- John Barge: 1,738
- John Cowan: 6,329
- Marjorie Taylor Greene: 4,803
Clerk of courts:
- Joe Costolnick: 6,118.
- Barbara Penson (incumbent): 8,238.
- Justin Hight: 6,845
- Gene Richardson (incumbent): 12,239.
State House 13:
- Brad Barnes: 1,280.
- Katie Dempsey (incumbent): 5,594.
Greene takes Gordon County with 2,452 votes; 1,706 for John Cowan; Barge, 512.
Greene also wins Chattooga County, 2,041 to 1,252 (48.4% to 29.7%)
KEY ELECTION DATES
- Aug. 11: Primary runoff.
- Nov. 3: General election.