Last Tuesday proved to be a good election for incumbents on the local level and nationally. The November 6 General Election also motivated a good numbers of voters to get out and cast ballots as 65 percent of Appling County’s registered votes voted. There are 10,955 registered voters in Appling and 7,144 cast ballots.
In the race for Sheriff of Appling County, Republican incumbent Benny Deloach defeated Democrat challenger Eldon Carter. Deloach garnered 4,504 votes (64.92%) to Carter’s 2,434 votes (35.08%).
Incumbent Appling County Tax Commissioners Debra Carter (Democrat) also faced opposition from newcomer Dean Collins (Republican). Carter defeated Collins gaining 4,433 votes (63.89%) to Collins’ 2,506 votes (36.11%)
In the partisan race for Appling County Commissioner, District 5, Republican Charlie Leggett (incumbent) defeated Democrat Edna Vaughn. Leggett garnered 765 votes (66.41%) to Vaughn’s 387 votes (33.59%).
In the race for U.S. Representative, District 12, Democrat John Barrow (incumbent) lost to Republican challenger Lee Anderson in Appling County. In Appling Barrow had 2,507 votes and Anderson had 4,339 votes. However, Barrow defeated Anderson in the district race. District-wide Barrow received 139,023 votes (53.72%) and Anderson garnered 119,784 (46.28%).
For President/Vice President of the Unites States, Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden (incumbents) were defeated by Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Appling County and in Georgia, but the incumbents soundly defeated the challengers in the national vote.
Regarding the Constitutional Amendment questions, Amendment 1 (Charter School Amendment) was defeated in Appling but passed in the state, and Amendment 2 also failed in Appling County but passed statewide.
In the special election for the office of Mayor of Graham, Don Rentz defeated Ralph Crosby. Rentz received 88 votes (67.69%) and Crosby garnered 42 votes (32.32%).