MIDTERM ELECTION IS ON THE BOOKS; SOME STATEWIDE RACES STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL 

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

The 2018 midterm election is on the books!  Voters across the nation headed to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots in a wide spectrum of races.

Nearly 58 percent of Floyd County’s registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday or during the early voting period.  Katie Dempsey and Chuck Hufstetler were re-elected to their posts on the state House and Senate, respectively.  Rhonda Wallace nabbed another term on the Floyd County Commission.

The race for Georgia’s next Governor topped the ballots of voters across the state.  Brian Kemp had just over 50 percent of the vote statewide as of early this morning, though a run-off election may be needed to determine a victor between the Republican and Democrat Stacey Abrams.  Kemp handily won his bid for election among Floyd County voters with 71 percent.  The Kemp campaign declared just before 3 am that they have enough votes to officially claim a victory.

Those who voted during the early morning hours in Rome were greeted by inclement weather as they headed to the polls, though conditions improved throughout the day.  Steve Miller, Chairman of the Floyd County Board of Elections and Registration, attests that no matter the weather, local residents will find a way to vote.

This was the first major election locally since the departure of Willie Green from the post of Elections Supervisor.  Miller says his absence may have left the board and staff short-handed, but not short of the knowledge they need to do their jobs.

In other races of local interest, Tom Graves was re-elected to his post on the US House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Geoff Duncan, Republican, defeated Sarah Riggs Amico, Democrat, to serve as Georgia’s next Lieutenant Governor.

A number of state amendments and referendums also appeared on the ballots of Georgia voters on Tuesday.

Precinct-by-precinct election results for Floyd County are available online at www.romefloyd.com.  Statewide results may be viewed on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov.

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