Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Incumbent Commissioners Hale And Daniell Receive Most Votes In Oconee County Republican Primary, But Hale Forced Into Runoff

Broun Wins Locally

Board of Commissioners incumbents Margaret Hale and John Daniell bested their challengers in the Oconee County Republican primary today, though Hale did not get a majority of votes in the three-way race and will meet challenger Bubber Wilkes in the runoff election on July 22.

Rep. Paul Broun, seeking the Republican nomination for the open U.S. Senate seat, led the field in his home Oconee County, with 31.1 percent of the vote. David Perdue got 26.6 percent of the vote, and Jack Kingston got 21.4 percent.

Hale and husband, Mike
At Election Office 5/20/2014

Jody Hice led the crowded field of Republican candidates for the 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives being left vacant by Broun. Hice had 31.9 percent of the votes, followed by 25.2 percent for Mike Collins.

Oconee County Democratic voters overwhelmingly supported Michelle Nunn (89.3 percent) in the U.S. Senate race, and Republicans overwhelmingly supported incumbent Nathan Deal (73.7 percent) in the Republican governor’s race.

BOC Races

The Board of Commissioners races were the only contested ones locally.

John Daniell received 65.6 percent of the vote in the race for the Republican Party nomination for Post 2. John Larkin received 34.4 percent.

Hale received 41.6 percent of the votes cast in the Republican Primary for Post 3. Wilkes received 37.6 percent. Maria Caudill received 20.8 percent.

A majority of those voting in the Republican primary (52.0 percent) said they did not support changing the district lines for the 117th District and 119th District in the Georgia House of Representatives to bring Oconee County back into a single district.

The Democratic Party did not have any candidates on the ballot for the BOC races, meaning the Republican candidates likely will be unchallenged in November.

Unofficial Results

Results are unofficial but include all but a handful of provisional ballots, that is, ballots not yet accepted as valid, and late returning military ballots.

A total of 5,147 (23.4 percent) of the county’s 21,964 registered voters turned out today or in the two weeks of early voting.

Republican ballots accounted for 88.9 percent of those cast in the county.

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