Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Walker Carries Oconee County With Higher Vote Percentage Than In November

***Turnout Much Lower Than In November***

Oconee County voters gave 67.2 percent of their vote to Republican Herschel Walker in the Tuesday runoff for the U.S. Senate versus the 32.8 percent given to Democrat incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Walker’s percentage, based on unofficial returns, was 1.3 percentage points higher than his numbers on Nov. 8, while Warnock’s figures were 1.4 percentage points higher than his percent on Nov. 8, when Libertarian Chase Oliver got 2.8 percent of the vote in the county.

Walker did best in Dark Corner Precinct, with 78.2 percent of the vote, and performed poorest in Civic Center Precinct, with 58.6 percent of the vote.

Walker did best in Dark Corner in November and poorest in Civic Center.

As was the case in November, Walker received less than half of the vote of those who cast an absentee ballot by mail (46.2 percent). Walker received 64.5 percent of the vote of those who voted in-person in advance of Tuesday, and 74.7 percent of the votes on election day itself.

Only 66.1 percent of Oconee County’s voters cast a ballot in Tuesday’s runoff, compared with 74.7 percent in November. That’s a difference of 2,384 voters.


A total of 20,141 voters cast their ballots in the runoff ending today. The number of active registered voters in the county is 30,495.

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Of those, 5.2 percent voted absentee by mail (1,052), 58.4 percent voted Advanced In Person (11,767), and 36.4 percent voted In Person on Election Day (36.4 percent)

In November, with the much longer early voting period (17 days versus five day), 5.5 percent voted Absentee by Mail (1,239), 66.0 percent voted Advance In Person (14,867), and 28.5 percent voted In Person on Election Day (28.5 percent).

The number of active registered voters for the November election was 30,164. Registered voters labeled inactive become active when they show up to vote.

Turnout in the Jan. 5, 2021, runoff had been 77.4 percent.

In that runoff, Oconee County voters had 12 days of early voting.

In the end, 18.6 percent of the voters cast in the Senate runoff between Warnock and Republican Kelly Loeffler were cast Absentee by Mail, 57.2 percent were cast Advance In Person, and 18.6 percent were cast on Election Day.

Loeffler got 68.2 percent of the vote, compared with Walker’s 67.2 on Tuesday.

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