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Election Results: Primary 2012

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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 4:44 pm, Wed Oct 17, 2012.

(Editor's note: These are unofficial results. Source: Georgia Secretary of State)

With a little more than 35 percent of a total voter turnout, Cherokee County saw incumbent upsets and victories in the primary election, and it looks like there will be a runoff. And Cherokee County voters shouted "no" on the T-SPLOST vote.

Sheriff Roger Garrison will serve four more years. He defeated challenger David Waters with 68.64 percent of the vote. Waters claimed 31.36 percent, of the total 38,624 voters.

Sen. Chip Rogers kept his seat in the state senate. He defeated challenger Brandon Beach with 61.22 percent of the vote; Beach garnered 38.78 percent of the 24,265 votes.

Rep. Charlice Byrd was defeated on her re-election bid. She garnered 46.64 percent of the vote, while challenger Michael Caldwell earned 53.36 percent of the 9,545 votes cast.

Caldwell will face Democratic challenger Lillian Burnaman in November. Burnaman was the only candidate on the Democratic ballot.

Rep. Sean Jerguson will keep his seat. He defeated challenger Scot Turner with 57.85 percent of the 9,584 votes cast. Turner earned 42.15 percent of the vote.

Rep. John Carson defeated challenger Martin Hawley, with 62.30 percent of the vote; Hawley garnered 37.7 percent of the 2,239 votes cast.

Carson will face Kevin "Big Kev" Westphal in the November general election.

Political newcomer Mandi Ballinger earned 52.46 percent of the vote in a four-person election. Challenger Alan Shinall earned 26.05 percent of the vote; Dean Sheridan earned 11.44 percent of the vote; and Odis "Harold" Welchel got 10.06 percent of the vote. A total of 7,797 votes were cast in the House District 23 race.

Congressman Phil Gingrey defeated his two Republican challengers with 77.39 percent of the vote. William Llop received 10.74 percent, while Michael Opitz garnered 11.87 percent.

Gingrey will face Democratic challenger Patrick Thompson in the general election.

Sonya Little garnered 58.22 percent of the vote to be the newly elected tax commissioner. Little was appointed tax commissioner after longtime tax commissioner David Fields retired.

Kenny Phelps received 24 percent of the vote, while Robert Wade Wilkie garnered 17.78 percent of the vote.

It looks like there will be a run-off election for Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Post 2 between incumbent Jim Hubbard and challenger Ray Gunnin. Hubbard earned 45.22 percent of the vote, while Gunnin earned 27.5 percent of the vote. Challenger Channing Ruskell fell just short of Gunnin with 27.28 percent.

Political newcomer Brian Poole defeated Chris Hampton for the Post 3 County Commission seat currently held by Karen Bosch who opted not to run for re-election.

Janet Read will be the new Cherokee County Board of Education Chairperson. She defeated Danny Dukes with 56.75 percent of the vote. Dukes earned 43.25 percent of the vote.

Kelly Marlow defeated Kyla Cromer by 25 votes for the Board of Education Post 1 seat. Marlow earned 50.21 percent of the vote; Cromer earned 49.79 percent of the votes.

BOE Post 2 incumbent Kim Cochran was ousted by political newcomer and former teacher Patsy Jordan. Jordan earned 50.52 percent of the vote; Cochran garnered 49.79 percent.

Michelle Homier was elected to the State Court judgeship, defeating challenger Jeff Rusbridge, with 52.51 percent of the vote. Rusbridge garnered 47.27 percent.

David Cannon Jr. will be the new Superior Court judge, taking over for Chief Superior Court Judge Frank C. Mills III, who is retired. Cannon earned 63.04 percent of the vote; opponent Mark Shriver garnered 36.76 percent.

The T-SPLOST referendum failed tremendously. The yes vote was 20.51 percent; the nos were 79.49 percent.

For information on statewide races, unopposed candidate vote totals or a more in-depth breakdown of the numbers, go to http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/Cherokee/40407/94285/en/summary.html.

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The Ledger-News staff will be updating through the evening as precincts report. Keep coming back for updates (these results do not cover statewide races).

(Only opposed races are being followed tonight. For vote count for the unopposed races, see the Aug. 8 print edition of the Ledger-News).

 

9:42 p.m. (source: Secretary of State)

 

Congress District 11

 

Republican

Phil Gingrey: 77.50

William Llop: 10.68

Michael Opitz: 11.82

 

 

State Senate District 21

Chip Rogers: 61.08

Brandon Beach: 38.92

 

State House 20

Charlice Byrd (I): 46.40

Michael Caldwell: 53.60

 

State House 21

Sean Jerguson (I): 57.30

Scot Turner: 42.70

 

State House 23

Mandi Ballinger: 52.40

Dean Sheridan: 10.40

Alan Shinall: 26.06

Odis “Harold” Welchel: 11.13

 

State House 46

John Carson (I): 63

Martin Hawley: 37

 

Sheriff

Roger Garrison: 69.13

David Waters: 30.87

 

Tax Commissioner

Sonya Little: 58.58

Kenny Phelps: 23.46

Robert Wade Wilkie: 17.96

 

County Commission Post 2

Raymond Gunnin: 27.25

Jim Hubbard (I): 45.23

Channing Ruskell: 27.52

 

County Commission Post 3

Chris Hampton: 43.40

Brian Poole: 56.60

 

Board of Education Chairman

Danny Dukes: 42.55

Janet Read: 57.45

 

Board of Education Post 1

Kyla Cromer: 52.28

Kelly Marlow: 47.72

 

Board of Education Post 2

Kim Cochran (I): 49.30

Patsy Jordan: 50.70

 

Superior Court Judge

David Cannon Jr: 62.99

Mark Shriver: 36.82

 

State Court Judge

Jeff Rusbridge: 47.28

Michelle Homier: 52.52

 

T-SPLOST:

Yes: 20.58

No: 79.42

 

 

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9:05 p.m. (source: Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration)

 

Congress District 11

 

Republican

Phil Gingrey: 77.31

William Llop: 10.76

Michael Opitz: 11.94

 

 

State Senate District 21

Chip Rogers: 60.13

Brandon Beach: 39.87

 

State House 20

Charlice Byrd (I): 47.11

Michael Caldwell: 52.89

 

State House 21

Sean Jerguson (I): 57.93

Scot Turner: 42.07

 

State House 23

Mandi Ballinger: 51.87

Dean Sheridan: 9.58

Alan Shinall: 26.49

Odis “Harold” Welchel: 12.05

 

State House 46

John Carson (I): 65.26

Martin Hawley: 34.74

 

Sheriff

Roger Garrison: 69.73

David Waters: 30.27

 

Tax Commissioner

Sonya Little: 58.15

Kenny Phelps: 23.22

Robert Wade Wilkie: 18.62

 

County Commission Post 2

Raymond Gunnin: 27.83

Jim Hubbard (I): 44.43

Channing Ruskell: 27.74

 

County Commission Post 3

Chris Hampton: 43.59

Brian Poole: 56.41

 

Board of Education Chairman

Danny Dukes: 42.42

Janet Read: 57.58

 

Board of Education Post 1

Kyla Cromer: 52.31

Kelly Marlow: 47.69

 

Board of Education Post 2

Kim Cochran (I): 49.28

Patsy Jordan: 50.72

 

Superior Court Judge

David Cannon Jr: 62.86

Mark Shriver: 36.93

 

State Court Judge

Jeff Rusbridge: 48.49

Michelle Homier: 51.33

 

T-SPLOST:

Yes: 20.34

No: 79.66

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8:30 p.m.

Congress District 11

 

Republican

Phil Gingrey: 77.63

William Llop: 10.29

Michael Opitz: 12.09

 

 

State Senate District 21

Chip Rogers: 58.38

Brandon Beach: 41.62

 

State House 20

Charlice Byrd (I): 47.44

Michael Caldwell: 52.56

 

State House 21

Sean Jerguson (I): 58.40

Scot Turner: 41.60

 

State House 23

Mandi Ballinger: 51.38

Dean Sheridan: 9.98

Alan Shinall: 30.24

Odis “Harold” Welchel: 8.40

 

State House 46

John Carson (I): 67.04

Martin Hawley: 32.96

 

Sheriff

Roger Garrison: 73.61

David Waters: 26.39

 

Tax Commissioner

Sonia Little: 60.12

Kenny Phelps: 22.81

Robert Wade Wilkie: 17.07

 

County Commission Post 2

Raymond Gunnin: 28.96

Jim Hubbard (I): 44.72

Channing Ruskell: 26.32

 

County Commission Post 3

Chris Hampton: 46.56

Brian Poole: 53.44

 

Board of Education Chairman

Danny Dukes: 40.57

Janet Read: 59.43

 

Board of Education Post 1

Kyla Cromer: 50.43

Kelly Marlow: 49.57

 

Board of Education Post 2

Kim Cochran (I): 44.89

Patsy Jordan: 55.11

 

Superior Court Judge

David Cannon Jr: 60.95

Mark Shriver: 38.91

 

State Court Judge

Jeff Rusbridge: 50.62

Michelle Homier: 49.23

 

T-SPLOST:

Yes: 21.24

No: 78.76

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7:30 p.m. (note: These are the absentee ballots.)

(in percentages, source: Georgia Secretary of State's Office)

 

Congress District 11

 

Republican

Phil Gingrey: 78.4

William Llop: 10.6

Michael Opitz: 10.9

 

 

State Senate District 21

Chip Rogers: 67.7

Brandon Beach: 32.3

 

State House 20

Charlice Byrd (I): 52.06

Michael Caldwell: 47.94

 

State House 21

Sean Jerguson (I): 65.05

Scot Turner: 34.95

 

State House 23

Mandi Ballinger: 43.64

Dean Sheridan: 9.55

Alan Shinall: 39.09

Odis “Harold” Welchel: 7.73

 

State House 46

John Carson (I): 78.83

Martin Hawley: 21.17

 

Sheriff

Roger Garrison: 74.54

David Waters: 25.46

 

Tax Commissioner

Sonia Little: 65

Kenny Phelps: 19.6

Robert Wade Wilkie: 15.4

 

County Commission Post 2

Raymond Gunnin: 22.31

Jim Hubbard (I): 50.66

Channing Ruskell: 27.03

 

County Commission Post 3

Chris Hampton: 46.52

Brian Poole: 53.48

 

Board of Education Chairman

Danny Dukes: 45.58

Janet Read: 54.52

 

Board of Education Post 1

Kyla Cromer: 43.94

Kelly Marlow: 56.06

 

Board of Education Post 2

Kim Cochran (I): 49.78

Patsy Jordan: 50.22

 

Superior Court Judge

David Cannon Jr: 60.23

Mark Shriver: 39.71

 

State Court Judge

Jeff Rusbridge: 49.43

Michelle Homier: 50.33

 

T-SPLOST:

Yes: 24.32

No: 75.68

 

 

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