As he predicted, Augusta construction company owner Rick Allen defeated Democratic Rep. John Barrow on Tuesday to reclaim Georgia’s 12th Congressional District for the Republican Party for the first time in 10 years.
According to unofficial results, Allen, 62, received 55 percent of the vote in the 12th’s first midterm election since being redrawn in 2011 to replace Barrow’s Savannah base with Columbia, Appling, Coffee and Jeff Davis counties, each of which lean Republican.
Barrow, 58, nabbed 45 percent of the vote, ending a 10-year run in the House as the Deep South’s last white Democratic congressman.
Allen, who projected a 58-42 win in early October, will become the first Republican to serve the 12th District since Max Burns in 2004.
“What a night and what a victory,” Allen said in his victory speech to campaign supporters at Augusta’s Hilton Garden Inn. “What we have started is a trickle of real-life people going to Washington. We have it right here in Georgia, and we have it across the country.”
MARIETTA — Cobb won’t see any changes in who represents the county in the state Legislature after three incumbents who were challenged in the Tuesday midterm election held their seats.
Voting results indicated Hunter Hill will remain in the Georgia Senate, and Rich Golick and Sam Teasley will keep their seats in the state House.
Hill defeats Johnson
Late night results indicated state Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) will see two more years in office after he was re-elected in the midterm election Tuesday night.
Hill ran against Democrat Antron Johnson, a single father who wanted to focus on education reform.
As of 11:50 p.m., with 152 of 159 precincts reporting, the results showed Hill won the election with 22,058 votes, or 59 percent, and Johnson received 15,399 votes, or 41 percent.
Golick holds off Allen
According to results late Tuesday, voters chose incumbent Rich Golick, a Republican, to continue representing Smyrna in Georgia.
Golick, who has been a member of the House since January 1999, defeated Erick Allen, a Democrat.
Results showed Golick won the election with 11,296 votes, or 60 percent, and Allen received 7,492 votes, or 40 percent.
Teasley re-elected over Bolton
In a vote for continuity, voters chose to re-elect state Rep. Sam Teasley (R–Marietta) to the Georgia House.
With all Cobb County precincts reporting, Teasley defeated Democrat Bill Bolton, who has run in seven races for various Georgia offices since 2001.
Teasley won the election with 10,043 votes, or 62 percent, and Bolton received 6,029 votes, or 38 percent.
MARIETTA — U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, all Republicans, sailed into another term of office.
Republican newcomer Richard Woods, meantime, was elected state school superintendent.
All voting totals are final unofficial results as of midnight Tuesday and will be certified by the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday, said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections.
State schools superintendent
Woods and Democrat Valarie Wilson vied for the seat being vacated by John Barge, who unsuccessfully challenged Gov. Nathan Deal for his job in the May primary.
With 152 of 159 counties reporting at 11:50 p.m., Woods had 1,326,659 votes, or 57 percent of the vote, and Wilson had 1,011,520 votes, or 43 percent.
As of 11:50 p.m. with 152 of 159 counties reporting results, Olens won the election with 1,369,083 votes, or 59 percent, and Hecht received 969,191 votes, or 41 percent.
There were 5,191,182 registered voters for the attorney general race.
Olens, who watched results come in with the state’s Republican Party representatives at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, said his experience in the last four years inspired confidence in voters.
Olens said he attributes his win “to hard work and doing an excellent job the last four years.”
Peter Early was sworn in as Governor of Georgia on November 5, 1813 after being elected by the Georgia General Assembly.
John Clark was sworn in to the first of two two-year terms on November 5, 1819, again after election by the legislature.
Howell Cobb, who previously served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was sworn in as Governor of Georgia on November 5, 1852, having been elected by popular vote.
Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who spent part of his youth in Augusta, Georgia and married Ellen Louise Axson, whom he met in Rome, Georgia, was elected President in a landslide victory on November 5, 1912.
Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to his unprecedented third term as President of the United States on November 5, 1940.
Richard M. Nixon was elected President of the United States by a plurality vote on November 5, 1968.
On November 5, 2002, Sonny Perdue was elected the first Republican Governor of Georgia since Reconstruction, beginning the modern era of Republican dominance of Georgia state politics.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
First things first. In DeKalb County, we have a December 2 runoff election for County Commission District 2 between Nancy Jester and Holmes Pyles.
60.07% of voters said ‘No’, while only 39.93% said ‘Yes’.
There was strong opposition to granting the City Redevelopment Powers.
Some citizens said one of their difficulties with the referendum was that it put too much decision making power in the hands of the current City Leadership and Council.
Others said the city “needs to slow down”, “get great at the basics” and then, perhaps, when those things are accomplished, look at Redevelopment Powers at some point on the future.
Just because you know the clowns doesn’t mean you want to spend all your money on circus tickets. (more…)
Don Cole sent me the following predictions on Sunday afternoon, two days before the elections for Governor and United States Senator. I’d say he pretty well nailed it.
It is Sunday afternoon and I thought that I would give you my best guess on what will happen on Tuesday. I’m not sending my thoughts to anyone else. You are holding this in escrow. Run it if you want after Tuesday.
No runoff – David Perdue and Nathan Deal will win outright on Tuesday. David Perdue and Governor Deal will win with 51 to 54% of the vote. Governor Deal will do a little better than David Perdue because he did not endure such a grueling primary. Georgia voters do not want a runoff.
Number 42295 is a sweet senior female Jack Russell Terrier mix who has a little bit of trouble moving around due to his age, but has plenty of experience loving people. We have a senior rescue dog at home and it’s a great experience, we highly recommend a senior. The shelter volunteers race about what a great girl she is. Click here to see a video of her. She is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.
Number 42626 is a senior female Beagle who is calm and friendly and ready for a new home. The calmness of seniors is part of what makes them great pets, as well as what seems to me to be a greater capacity to trust their humans once they get settled into a new home. Click here to see a video of 42626, who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.
42627 is an awesome little young Low Rider male, probably a mix of Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever; he’s very friendly. Little buddy is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.
Forgotten Paws is a small, volunteer-driven rescue group based in Atlanta and they’ve found themselves behind the eight-ball financially. From Facebook:
Available Balance $1,086.08 – Not a pretty picture when we view our bank account.
We owe one vet $4500 outstanding balance
We owe a second vet $400 PLUS we have two dogs for vet work tomorrow (Doug has to have teeth pulled and Stitch is getting his full veterinary work up with neuter)
We are completely out of microchips to chip outgoing dogs and have to pay Shering Plough $800 before I can order 25 more chips at $400 a box.
If you can please donate $5 to help it is greatly appreciate. When you are a small rescue like us, we live day to day, penny to penny. We do not bring in the hundreds of thousands of dollars the large corporate style rescues have donated. We do not bring in the millions of dollars the big national organizations do.
All donations go straight to the care and housing of the animals. We have a mortgage on the kennel house and utilities. We have veterinary bills, and cleaning supplies to buy. We have become masters of couponing and sale searchers for items we need. We purchase the heartworm and flea medications to medicate 40+ dogs a month, and are constantly having to replace cages and do repairs. Filling the transport bus with gasoline cost $120!
So please consider donating $5 a month.
Today, I’ll donate $25 to Forgotten Paws and I hope you’ll join me. You can click here to donate online via Facebook. Alternatively, you can visit their website and click on the “Donate” button in the right sidebar and donate via PayPal. Finally, you can mail a check to:
Forgotten Paws Dog Rescue, Inc.
3360 Joseph Drive
Acworth, GA 30101
Howard is a Pit Bull mix in urgent need of a foster home – Howard spent the first year or more of his life on a chain. He had very little human interaction. When we found him, we were trying to catch some puppies that had been dumped behind his house. The puppy was curled up with Howard sleeping. Howard was so upset when we took his friend. It took a few weeks but we eventually talked the owner into releasing Howard to us. Howard did great in the kennel house playing for the first month. He gained 10 lbs, grew his missing hair back and played his heart out.
Howard loves to play. He plays fetch and plays great with the couple of male dogs he likes as friends. He knows who is submissive and who is not. He can’t be with dominate dogs at all. Howard needs work on the leash. He pulls but he seems to be learning. Sadly, b/c of Howard’s issues with some dogs, he is in a outside pen alone all day at the kennel house. He is in a crate at night inside because the darkness and noises scare him. FOSTER OR FOREVER HOME NEEDED ASAP! He needs to get into a foster home so we can learn more about him and get him placed in a forever home. He deserves to know love!
Jojo is a three-yeard old, 23-pound King Charles Spaniel mix – a love bug full of playful energy and lots of personality. He loves to play fetch is the fast dog I have ever seen when running. He loves his toys, stuffed animals, bones, balls, whatever. I give him an empty water bottle and he is in heaven! Jojo is also a huge lap dog and will not be able to be trained to stay off the bed or furniture. I have had Jojo for 6 months and I know his personality very well. He is a great great dog but can be a little stubborn. If I am ready for him to go in his crate and he is not, he will stand across the room, and flip over and show me his belly. I have to go pick him up! He loves all dogs, chases the cat, and loves all people. Jojo needs an active home who can wear him out. FENCED YARD is required b/c he is a little scared on leash and barks at everything. He gets detracted and won’t potty plus he needs room to run and play ball!
Hattie is a little 4-year old, 14-pound Chihuahua mix female who is losing her home due to a new baby. She has always been an only child and still wants to be center of attention. She is jumping on the baby, growling at the baby and literally laying on the baby for attention when mom is holding her. Good with other dogs but again, can get jealous. Has not been with cats and would be fine with older kids to love on her.
Walks on a leash and loves to play. She is “the most affectionate dog on earth.”
Dooley is a three-year old, 20-pound male Shih Tzu mix who is very smart and eager to please. I sometimes forget he is here b/c he is such a loner and can fend for himself. He does love to play with the other dogs. He likes to get up high on things to sleep yet does not get on my bed. He likes the arm or back of the couch. He loves to roll around and wiggle happily on the rugs and in a new pile of mulch. LOL He keep us laughing. I do crate Dooley still b/c he will occasionally have an accident but I think once in a normal, consistent home, this will end. He is so smart and just wants to be loved.
Alexander Stephens was sworn-in as Governor of Georgia on November 4, 1882; Stephens was later elected Vice-President of the Confederate States of America.
Howard Carter found an entrance to the tomb of King Tutankhamen on November 4, 1922.
On November 4, 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan was elected President, winning 489 electoral votes to 49 for incumbent Jimmy Carter.
On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected President, becoming the first African-American elected to the position.
State School Superintendent
Later today I will walk two blocks to my voting precinct and cast my vote for the Republican ticket. I believe that Nathan Deal will be reelected and David Perdue elected to the United States Senate, in both cases without runoffs. Almost as important is our next State School Superintendent and I will cast my vote for Richard Woods, the Republican candidate.
The other incumbents on the statewide ticket – Attorney General Sam Olens, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, and Public Service Commissioner Herman “Doug” Everett have earned my vote for reelection.
Others in my position without children might not consider State School Superintendent important to them personally, but 37% of Georgia’s tax dollars are spent on K-12 education and it is important to me to have a good steward of our money in that position to prevent upward pressure on taxes caused by an insatiable education bureaucracy that has failed to deliver.
I believe that if the Democrat is elected, we will hear nothing but four more years of crying for more of our money and excuses for why we graduate lower percentages of students at a higher cost than every neighboring state.
I believe that continuing Governor Nathan Deal’s successful drive to bring more jobs to Georgia is among our most important tasks in the years ahead and improving our public school system is vital to our continuing success. Empowering our teachers and parents to make more decisions in the education of their children and the children entrusted to them will lead to greater success. I believe that charter schools provide needed competition and both create better public school environments and spur improvement in the traditional public schools.
These are the reasons I am voting for Richard Woods for State School Superintendent and the reasons I hope you will join me.
Last night, James Salzer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that teacher’s unions and the liberal Better Georgia have teamed up with Democrat Valarie Wilson to spend nearly $475,000 in an attempt to buy the State School Superintendent’s election. I might not worry about the teacher’s unions if I believed they represented the needs of our state’s children and of rank-and-file educators, but they have made clear that their only interests are extracting more dollars from Georgians.
Under state law, individuals, businesses and groups can contribute about $16,000 directly to candidates, including money for primary runoffs.The Georgia Federation of Teachers contributed $9,300 to Wilson. The American Federation of Teachers gave $2,000, and the Georgia Association of Educators $6,300, according to disclosure records.
But Wilson is also benefiting from money contributed to Better Georgia and then used for advertising and phone calls on the candidate’s behalf.
Like a lot of groups with a point of view, Better Georgia is registered as an “independent committee,” meaning it doesn’t have to disclose all its donors.
However, the group has disclosed getting $134,000 this year from the Georgia Association of Educators and $70,000 from the American Federation of Teachers. In turn, the group reported spending about $204,000 on media buys and phone calls to support Wilson.
GAE most recently sank $70,000 into the Wilson campaign, through Better Georgia, last week.
Richard Woods is leading in the polls, but the number one threat to his election as State School Superintendent is voters who cast their ballots for Nathan Deal for Governor and David Perdue for United States Senate and walk away from the rest of the ballot. Don’t let the people who don’t care enough to vote determine who the next State School Superintendent is.
Predictions: Governor and United States Senate
At the end of the polling for 2010, the RealClearPolitics average showed Nathan Deal at 48.0% and he took 52.9%.
Today, the RCP average shows Gov. Deal at 48.0% and I predict he’ll win tomorrow without a runoff.
Your Georgia Desk
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