Floyd results: New terms for Hufstetler, Lumsden, Bagby, Watters, Penson.

Floyd results: New terms for Hufstetler, Lumsden, Bagby, Watters, Penson.

South Rome precinct was busy at 9 a.m. (Lovejoy Baptist)


Afternoon election update:
-In Georgia, Trump holds a roughly 67,000-vote lead over Biden.
-U.S. Senate, the thing to watch now is a Perdue-Ossoff runoff. Perdue has the lead but his edge is 50.6% to Ossoff’s 47.1% and Hazel’s 2.3%. If no one gets 50%, a January runoff will be called (Loeffler/Warnock already on that ballot)
-Electoral college: Candidates need 270. Biden is at 248 and Trump 214 with millions of ballots still being counted in key states including Georgia.
-Popular vote: Biden maintains a 3 million vote lead.


Floyd County results released Wednesday morning: We never did check, or care, to hear the “reason” this time. We’ll report on what aftermath, if any, is expected.

  • Floyd turnout vs. other local counties. Floyd saw 38,124 votes or 62.8 percent, the lowest turnout percentage in Northwest Georgia. Other neighboring counties ranged from 67.7% in Bartow County (with 50,316 votes) to 72% in Polk County. Gordon County, with a turnout of 24,100 votes or 68.7%, had all ballots counted and posted before 9:30 p.m.
  • Most races, lowest turnout? More on turnout percentages: The bigger question is why did Floyd County, with the most contested local races of any county in our five-county region, have the lowest turnout rate among the five?
  • Each listing below gives you the Floyd County totals, total votes in Floyd, as well as district or state totals as of 5 a.m.)

 President of the United States 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
R Donald J. Trump (I) (Rep) 26,721
D Joseph R. Biden (Dem) 10,706
I Jo Jorgensen (Lib) 487
37,914 (Latest statewide: Trump leads, 50.6 to 48.1%) 

US Senate (Perdue) 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
R David A. Perdue (I) (Rep) 26,354
D Jon Ossoff (Dem) 10,234
I Shane Hazel (Lib) 993
37,581 (Latest state: Perdue leads, 51-46.7%)

 US Senate (Loeffler) – Special 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
NP Al Bartell (Ind) 117
NP Allen Buckley (Ind) 142
NP Doug Collins (Rep) 10,054
NP John Fortuin (Grn) 126
NP Derrick E. Grayson (Rep) 464
NP Michael Todd Greene (Ind) 124
NP Annette Davis Jackson (Rep) 453
NP Deborah Jackson (Dem) 1,167
NP Jamesia James (Dem) 350
NP A. Wayne Johnson (Rep) 339
NP Tamara Johnson-Shealey (Dem) 423
NP Matt Lieberman (Dem) 851
NP Kelly Loeffler (I) (Rep) 14,187
NP Joy Felicia Slade (Dem) 169
NP Brian Slowinski (Lib) 310
NP Valencia Stovall (Ind) 80
NP Ed Tarver (Dem) 62
NP Kandiss Taylor (Rep) 470
NP Raphael Warnock (Dem) 7,247
NP Richard Dien Winfield (Dem) 128
37,263 (Loeffler, Warnock in runoff in January).

 US House District 14 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
R Marjorie Taylor Greene (Rep) 25,740
D Kevin Van Ausdal (Dem) 10,103
35,843 (District: 74.8-25.2%; Van Ausdal withdrew from the race in August)

 State Senate District 52 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
R Chuck Hufstetler (I) (Rep) 27,723
D Charles DeYoung (Dem) 9,214
36,937 (Distict: 76.8-23.2% Hufstetler)

 State House District 12 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
R Eddie Lumsden (I) (Rep) 9,097
D Jonathan Gilreath-Harvey (Dem) 2,165
11,262 (District: 81.3-18.7%, Lumsden)

 Clerk of Superior Court 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
R Barbara Ann Penson (I) (Rep) 27,045
D Moriah Medina (Dem) 9,540

 County Commission District 2 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
R Wright Bagby, Jr. (I) (Rep) 26,598
D Charles ”Coach” Smith (Dem) 10,394

 County Commission District 3 
Precincts Reporting 100% Votes
R Allison Watters (I) (Rep) 27,460
D Shonna Bailey (Dem) 9,427

Results from the Secretary of State’s office:



State Senate, 52: Hufstetler vs. DeYoung. . 66.4% Floyd vote for Hufstetler.

Chuck Hufstetler (Incumbent), 64, was first elected to the Georgia Senate in 2012. He currently serves as Chair of Finance, Vice-Chair of Retirement, and a member of Higher Education, Health and Human Services, and Appropriations.  He served as a member and chair of the Floyd County Commission from 1998 to 2006.  He negotiated for the Rome Braves stadium and was one of two in charge of construction. Professionally, he served 14 years in Corporate Management in New York, Texas and California and was also a small business owner of a restaurant for 18 years. A native Roman and graduate of East Rome High School, he holds a bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia, and a masters in Anesthesiology from the Emory School of Medicine.  He is employed in Anesthesia at Redmond Regional Medical Center where he has provided Anesthesia Services for the last 13 years.  He also serves as an Adjunct professor at Emory University Medical School. He and his wife Joan have 3 children and attend Seven Hills Presbyterian Church.


House District 12: Lumsden vs. Gilreath-Harvey. 69/7% vote for Lumsden.

Eddie Lumsden (Incumbent), age 68, was first elected to the state House in 2012. He currently serves as Chair of the House Insurance Committee and was Chair of House Congressional and Legislative Reapportionment Committee (2018) and Chair of House Human Relations and Aging (2017). He also serves on other committees including Appropriations, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs, Rules, State Properties and Budget Oversight. He is a past Floyd County Commissioner (2007-2011), having served as chairman. He is an active member and past president of Armuchee Ruritan Club. He is a retired state trooper and currently is co-owner and agent with Teresa Lumsden Insurance Agency. He served in the Air Force/Air Guard (1970-1976). He is a graduate of Armuchee High School and holds an bachelor of Science in Communications degree from Berry College and associates degree from Floyd Junior College. He and his wife, Teresa, have two children and four grandchildren. They are active members at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church.

Floyd Commission, District 2:  Bagby vs. Smith. 63.3% vote for Bagby.


Wright Bagby, age 74, is a native of Floyd County and a retired business owner. He was first elected to Floyd County Commission in 2016 and serves as Vice Chair. He is a graduate of Darlington School and Auburn University.  He is a former Mayor and Rome City Commissioner and has served on the Rome/Floyd Planning Commission, the Rome/Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority and Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia. He was founding president of Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club and member of Rome-Floyd Community Foundation. He is a recipient of the Heart of the Community award and Community Service Award from the Northwest Georgia Scouts. He and his wife, Pat, have been married 54 years with two grown children and five grandchildren, all of whom reside in Floyd County. They are active members at First Baptist Church of Rome.

Floyd Commission, District 3: Watters vs. Bailey 64.8% vote for Watters.


Allison Watters, age 57, is the co-owner of Do Good, a retail shop on Broad Street. She was first elected to the Floyd County Commission in 2016. She grew up in Middle Tennessee and graduated from Kennesaw State University before moving to Rome in 1994 to serve as director of human resources at Redmond Regional Medical Center.  She is co-chair of Rome for the Rescues, a fundraising organization for animal welfare projects, and co-chair for North Georgia Animal Partnership. A past chair of the Heart of the Community Board of Directors, she was named one of the Heart of the Community Award recipients in 2016. Watters is an active member of Rome First United Methodist Church, where she facilitated an ecumenical women’s Bible study for many years. She is also a graduate of Leadership Georgia and a graduate and former coordinator of the Rome-Floyd Chamber’s Leadership Rome program, in which she met her husband, Ed.  They have two teenage daughters, Grace and Ivy.

Clerk of Court, Penson vs. Medina.. 65.8% vote for Penson

Barbara Penson.

Barbara Penson (Incumbent), age 73, is a native of Floyd County growing up in the in the Big Texas Valley area and attending Armuchee schools but graduated from Cass High School. She is a graduate of Shorter University with a bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She was first elected to serve as Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court in 2008. She previously worked and retired from Floyd County Schools after 30 years of service as a records keeper at the Central Office. She is an active member of Fellowship Baptist Church, the Rome Noon Optimist Club for over 25 years, University Women (both state and national), the local NAACP chapter and the Floyd County Republican Party among many other volunteer/community opportunities. She was married to the late Rev. Donald Wayne Penson. They have four adult children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Statement from Penson:  “I am honored that you have chosen me to be your Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court for a fourth term.  In the past 12 years I have strived to make important changes in the offices of the Clerk of Superior Court to improve its efficiency and transparency and I will continue to be responsive to the public’s needs. Your trust in my ability to maintain the multitude of responsibilities this office provides is not lost on either me or my staff members. Maintaining jury lists, scheduling for both civil and criminal courts, criminal sentencingare serious and important business and we treat it as such. All real estate filings, lien filings, land transactions as well as military discharges are also maintained in this office. Since you first elected me 12 years ago we have completely digitized our offices to make consumer access easier and we have done so while staying under budget. I vow to continue to serve with a sense of honor and humility in the responsibilities you have entrusted in me.”

U.S. House 14: Even though Van Ausdal withdrew, Floyd gave him 40% of the early vote over Greene.


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